Q: What is your writing day like?
A: I get up at 6am, get my kids off to school, make a pot of coffee, then settle in on the sofa with my laptop. I’ve found that writing at a desk hurts my back. I put in my headphones and write until I run out of words (or my stomach insists on being fed). I stop around 2pm to pick the children up, and then after they’re in bed—usually around 9pm—I try to write a little more.
Q: Do you plot?
A: No, I don’t. And because I tend to write by the seat of my pants, sometimes it takes me a long time to write. There are days the words flow, and I can write 3,000 words in an hour or two. Other days, it takes longer for the pieces to come together, and I’ll work on those 3,000 words all day. That’s not saying I always write that many; sometimes it’s more, and sometimes it’s less. Just depends on my muse.
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: Other than hot pictures of cowboys? <grin> I either listen to a country music playlist I have in my Amazon player, or I put on a romantic comedy to listen to as I write.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Well, I always enjoyed my writing assignments in school, but no. I actually wanted to be a psychologist when I graduated high school and started college in the psych program. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I discovered writing again.
Q: Do you ever write about events from your own life?
A: I wouldn’t say I use events from my life, but there is a little bit of me in each of my heroines.
Q: Do you consider writing a career?
A: Not exactly. It’s more my life’s passion than a job. Yes, I get paid for it, but that isn’t what drives me. The characters in my head are clamoring to have their stories told, and until the voices go silent that’s exactly what I’m going to do—write.
Q: Do you have your own hot cowboy at home?
A: My husband does claim to be cowboy, because he’s from Texas. However, he hadn’t ridden a horse more than twice before I came barreling into his life. He does look mighty fine in a pair of Wranglers though. <grin>
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