Q: What is your writing day like?
A: Um…crazy? I have to literally carve time out of the day to write, but because I love it so much, I find that time. When I get home from school, the Schnauzer’s walk comes first. Then I try to edit some of my work before supper. After that, I usually turn something on the television or fire up my iTunes® and settle down to write new material. More often than not, the time gets away from me and when I look up, it’s miraculously time for bed.
Weekends are better, and I usually split my time between our horses and my stories. Summers are sublime. Writing, writing, and more writing interspersed with Schnauzer walks.
Q: Are you a “fly by the seat of your pants” author or do you plot each story?
A: I’m a “panster” who plots. The best of both worlds. I try to hash out a rough plot—usually in the form of a flowchart—before I begin writing. But so many times, the characters steer me in other directions. They tend to like to talk to me right before I fall asleep at night, but they’ve also been known to whisper in my ear in those pre-dawn hours where you often find yourself more awake than asleep.
Q: Where do you get your story ideas?
A: From life. I glean stories from the people and things I see around me. When something funny or poignant happens, I can’t help but think, “Wow. That would be a fantastic story.” Being a teacher of Psychology also gives me a special insight into what motivates people, so I try to bring that depth of understanding to creating and writing my characters.
Q: Which writers have had the greatest influence on you?
A: The first romance I ever read was written by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I imagine she had a huge influence on many women of my age. When I was twelve, I would sneak into my mother’s books and try to read a chapter of The Wolf and the Dove, hoping she wouldn’t catch me. I fell in love with everything Ms. Woodiwiss wrote. When she passed away, I felt as if I’d lost a family member.
The author whose books I will read over and over is Julie Garwood. I sink into her stories. It’s a bit ironic she’s so very popular because she breaks all the “rules.” And for her it works. When I write, I don’t try to conform to the rules either. I write what makes me laugh, what makes me cry, and what I love.
Q: What made you start writing?
A: I was reading a book by a fairly well-known romance writer and I was excited because it was a romance about a married couple. A rarity to say the least. But the author went to great lengths to say the thirty-nine year old heroine still looked seventeen. I think I pitched that book across the room in disgust. Then I set out to write a romance about a married couple with the woman being thirty-nine and having all the same problems as every other woman of that age. Once I started writing, I was hopelessly addicted.
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