Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
A: I read voraciously as a child and always excelled in school at Language Arts. I loved writing essays in particular and even completed a novel I didn't think was any good so I never submitted it anywhere. I kept getting ideas for novels and kept writing them down. I had a rewarding job and I think I viewed my writing more as an escape, so until fairly recently my submissions were really sporadic. Now that my family is grown I have more time to write and to query publishers, so I am hoping to be published again.
Q: What was your inspiration for The Midsummer Auction?
A: The first draft was written several years ago and I can see from the earliest drafts that the plot changed two or three times along the way. But it seems the central theme was always a woman so desperate to save her land she would do anything, even auction herself off.
Q: What was your biggest challenge in writing The Midsummer Auction?
A: Avoiding repetitious language in the erotic scenes.
Q: Do you foresee a sequel to The Midsummer Auction, or even a series?
A: I have thought once or twice about a sequel but I'm not sure at this point.
Q: When do you do your best writing?
A: When I see a great big chunk of undisturbed time ahead of me. Then I can really lose myself in my story.
Q: Do you ever get writer's block?
A: I have had it, though not for The Midsummer Auction, curiously enough. To me writer's block means the characters have reached a dead end and should turn around and go back to a place where they can make a different decision that would not lead to that dead end. Re-reading the story from the beginning usually allows me to see the point at which they should have made different choices that would have allowed them to avoid the road block ahead.
Q: Do you write the outline of the story first?
A: No. I get an idea from wherever and that idea is the catalyst of the story. I just go with the flow and the characters seem to come to life. They get into situations because of their circumstances and deal with those situations as their personalities dictate. It's like reading a book - I'm never quite sure what they're going to do next.
Q: Do you have a day job or do you write full time?
A: When I had a day job I used to write in whatever spare time I had when I wasn't busy also raising my family. Writing was my personal escape. Now I'm fortunate in that writing is just one of the things I can choose to do during the day.
Q: Do you make sure to set aside time for writing every day?
A: I'm not a programmed writer. If inspiration grabs me I might write all day and into the night and leave all the other things I meant to do for another day when I'm not inspired to write. I love that freedom.
Q: Tell us about your family. Have they always supported your writing?
A: I have two amazing children who support and encourage me in anything I decide to do. They've always been very proud of me and they like my independence. We're a mutual admiration society.
Q: Take us through a typical day in your life.
A. I'm not that much of a routine person. When I wake up I like to get myself a cup of coffee and sit at my computer. After I check my emails I get straight into the novel I'm currently working on. I like to reread the last chunk I wrote and because my head is clear I find I see it more objectively. I make any changes I think are needed and then it seems really easy to proceed with new material. It just flows. I may write for three or four hours at a stretch before I realize I'm hungry. Once I leave the computer it's hard to get back to it because I am distracted by other things I need to do around the house. I might work out for a bit in my home gym, run some errands, go to the library, or catch up with friends and family. I might write for an hour or two later, watch some tv before I go to bed. No two days are ever the same but they go by so fast. It's a wonderful life.
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