Q: Do you have any unusual writing routines?
A: I either have to be out in public, at my favorite Coffee Bean location, or at home. When I'm working in my home office, setting the mood is essential. I select a candle with an appropriate scent and choose an appropriate playlist—both reflect the mood of the scenes I'm writing. I also let my rats run around on my desk. They're the best writing company.
Q: How did your childhood influence your writing?
A: I was always painfully curious, and fascinated with psychology. Oh, and love. I think I watched too many Disney movies. But if there's a genre that deals with human psychology and love, it's romance. It probably didn't hurt that my best friend's mother always gave me her secondhand romance novels!
Q: What are your favorite movies?
A: Wow, what a list. But I'll keep it short. I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy for cinematographic storytelling; every time I watch them, I want to write something epic. Wall-E for a perfect, sweet romance. Shoot 'Em Up for something with gratuitous violence. And Breakfast at Tiffany’s for a classic.
Q: If you aren't writing or working, what are you doing?
A: Spending time with Phin, my other half. He's my very own knight in shining armor/romance hero. He's even a Cowboy Astronaut Secret Agent...or not.
Q: What's one writing lesson you've learned?
A: Stop thinking so much, at least during a first draft. I'm a very picky editor, so was hard for me not to edit as I wrote, but I found that habit slowed me down and made me question everything I wrote. So I switched to using yWriter (a free writing platform) because it doesn't have page breaks, spell check, or grammar check. It's just me and the screen, few distractions or reasons to go back and edit. Though it was hard, I've learned to keep my evil editor voice silenced until the first draft is done.
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