Q: How did you get started writing?
A: I’ve been telling my stories since I was about ten years old–ever since I realized people wrote books and I could read them, but I’d always thought it was too much effort to write them down. My fifth grade teacher changed that when he “published” the class’ stories. I’ve been filling my notebooks ever since.
Q: Where do your story ideas come from?
A: Actually, more than half of them come from dreams, but sometimes I just try to figure out how I’d respond to a situation and build characters around that.
Q: What is the oddest thing someone has asked if you’ll put in your stories?
A: Someone asked me once if I’d write about fossil fox teeth in my next novel.
Q: Is your husband the inspiration for your hot sex scenes?
A: LOL. Actually, no, but I have asked him for help when I wanted to know what it was like from the male POV. What he’d feel or how his body would react to certain things, including injuries. It helps that he’s an anatomist. ;)
Q: What kinds of advice would you give to new writers?
A: First, get your blog, Facebook fan page, and Twitter accounts up and running, even before you’ve published. Publishers want to see what you’re doing to promote yourself and readers want to see what you’ve been up to. The more people who know your name, the better your sales and recognition will be when you publish. Second, if you want to write, pull a Nike and just do it. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
Q: What keeps you writing every day?
A: The love of the stories. The Muse will tell me which story she wants to work on and if I don’t write anything new for a while, she’ll get pretty cranky and make me write even if it’s 2:00 AM.
Q: Do you read only the genre you write?
A: No, I read science fiction/fantasy, and several different genres of romance that I don’t write. I don’t write contemporary romance, but I love romantic suspense, especially with military heroes.
Q: What is more difficult to write, science or fiction?
A: They both have aspects that are difficult, but science is very much “just the facts, ma’am” and you’re not supposed to introduce any opinions about what you’ve found until the conclusions. With fiction, you’re trying to paint a picture with words and the use of the language is different. Both, however, require research to get the facts right.
Q: If you couldn’t be an author, what would you be?
A: I’d be a mammal paleontologist, specializing in North American canids (wolves, coyotes, and foxes). I studied that before writing full-time, and I still publish in paleontological circles periodically.
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