Q: How do you come up with your story ideas?
A: *grins* My husband would say he's my inspiration. *laughs* The other day, I was going inside the gas station and three hot guys, wearing dark sunglasses, rolled up on motorcycles. I had that take me away moment when they looked at me. I couldn't help but openly admired the view of the one guy going inside. *smiles wickedly* I had a very good writing day.
Q: When do you find time to write?
A: I'm so not a morning person. My three boys go to school during the day which is where I find most of my time. I shower, grab coffee, and get to my laptop by 9:00 a.m. I check email before I get to work. Then I go until I have to stop to pick up the kids from school. Then it's back to work once the kids are working on homework, then there's dinner, back to work, and in the evening I spend time with the family.
Q: Have you ever been so busy writing you've forgotten to pick up the kids from school?
A: *laughs* Not yet...but their school offers an aftercare program. Now, that's tempting to think about.
Q: What's your perfect day for writing like?
A. It's filled with lots of distraction. I have to have background noise when I'm working. I usually have my kids running around. So it won't be unusual to have Nerf darts flying over my head and bouncy balls hitting off me. When they're at school, I have the TV on with something outrageous. Chaos helps clear my mind. There is one distraction that I absolutely can't stand. That's the phone ringing. *cringes* That's like a record scratching for me.
Q: How long does it take for you to write a novel?
A: About three weeks if I'm working hard. Much longer if I'm hardly working. *laughs* I'd love it if I didn't have to sleep and I could work non-stop at night. It's hard to put my work to bed at night. I do because my contacts have fused to my eyeballs and I can't see straight. *laughs*
Q: Are you anything like the heroines in your stories?
A: I'm sassy and can be mouthy like my characters. I can be quick-witted but surprisingly naïve when it comes to things I've never heard of before. I've had to google things I've heard on TV because I'm too embarrassed to ask anyone. *laughs* My husband cringes for my computer when I tell him what I've googled. I remind him it's in the name of research!
Q: What do you like to read when you're not working on a novel?
A: Magazines. Right now, I have The Week and Star Magazine. Both are quick reads that won't distract from my writing. I can't read other romances when I'm working on my own writing. It's too difficult. I only read my favorite authors as a reward when I finish writing a novel.
Q: Tell us about one of your guilty pleasures.
A: Just one? *laughs* Hm...I'd have to say hot chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, and firemen. If I had both of those things at the same time...I'd probably need medical attention. *grins*
Q: Is your husband a fireman?
A: *laughs* I wish...no, he's a chemist. He did bring me home a fireman's helmet for inspiration one time.
Q: Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
A: Thank you for all your support! I'm incredibly grateful for you! It's a true gift to be allowed into someone's life for a short while. xxx
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