About the Author
I grew up in a very small town, about 200 people. I spent my days in the lake swimming and thinking of stories. I enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, drawing and writing. I began to write in middle school though I had to put it aside for many years due to family obligations. My first husband was ill and I had to spend a lot of time taking care of him and working several jobs in order to support the family. When he passed away I lost myself in my writing. I now have one novel published and several more on the way to the publisher.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I can write long books, but these questions, that should be the easy part, always get me. I write historical romance because I like the way the women get to fight for what they want. Modern day women do not hold much appeal for me as a character. Women now can dress like they want, act like they want and no one can tell them what to do or how to do it. It hasn’t always been that way. I like to portray not only the women’s struggles but the men’s struggles as well. The struggle to finally accept the women they have chosen (or had chosen for them) to accept them the way they are. I like the romance in itself and I like the Happily Ever After.
Tell us about how you write:
I am a seat of the pants writer. I have no idea what I am doing or where my story will lead me when I start out. I think that is one of the best things I love about writing. I get to find out what is happening as it happens.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them a lot. They don’t shut up sometimes. I like to say they are not my stories, but they are my characters stories and I am just lucky enough to get to tell their tales.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always keep a positive mindset and never stop believing in the Happily Ever After. Don’t make your characters perfect, perfect is boring. To quote the best Belle I have seen (from Once Upon a Time) Sometimes the best teacup is chipped.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did a lot of research into self publishing, assisted publishing and traditional publishing. I like the idea of keeping all my money in the self publishing but it was more work than I had time to do. I didn’t know anything about the formatting and I didn’t have the money to pay an editor. Assisted publishing, where you pay someone to publish your book was never an option, I have heard too many horror stories. I found a traditional publisher, one who pays me and I don’t have to pay them, one who has several editors on staff to make sure I know what I am doing and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. No matter which way you choose to go always do your research and make the best decision, not for right now, but for the life of your book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will evolve and change as time and people do. With the on the go world it had to change. It had to become as mobile as the readers. I hate every time a brick and mortar store closes, but books and stories as we know them will continue on forever. They have been around since someone realized that berries made great pictures on the cave walls and they will be here as long as there are people. Stories have always been a part of humanity, from the playwrights and novelists, to the bards and minstrels.
What genres do you write:: Romance, SciFi, Westerns, Fantasy
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print
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