About the Author
My husband and I decided to take our children and live in Central America to really connect with them for a year before they went off to high school. It was while I spent many a peaceful day in a hammock looking over a Panamanian rainforest that my muse showed itself. I wrote the first draft of my novel and then realized I needed to study the craft of writing if I was going to do my story justice. Three years later I am . . .
* the winner of the Writing Fairy Scholarship for New Writers 2012.
*a board member of the ‘Writers’ Community of Durham Region’, a 300+ member writers group focused on developing authors in all aspects of writing.
*a two time student of ‘A Novel Approach’, a one time student of ‘The Final Approach’, year long workshops to hone ideas into working manuscripts, and a student of all things writerly craft.
*the author of the next three installments in the Scourge Survivor Series and two novels in a paranormal erotica series currently under consideration for traditional publishing.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I love love and I believe in it. I first saw my husband when I’d just turned 15. A week later we were dating. 27 years later we’re still passionately in love. He inspires me to write romantic fiction, because everyone deserves to feel that way…especially in these cryptic and skeptical days.
Tell us about how you write:
When I sit down at my laptop, I generally have a rough outline or direction I want to go for the arc of the novel. Usually, I know where I want to end up and I let the story unfold as it wills. I set out scene ideas as stepping stones and then let the details fill in themselves.
When I’m not writing I have a pad and pencil in hand for when I read, watch tv series, movies and anything else that might spark a twist or conflict.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. Absolutely. I try to know my characters by collaging images, picking the music that represents them, interviewing them and writing their backstories. Usually we all get along really well, but not always. When the story isn’t flowing I generally set it aside and let it come to me. 9 times out of 10, I’ll wake up dreaming the answer. It’s kind of my cheater way to get things jump-started again. If I’m not listening, my characters usually show up in my subconscious mind and set me on the right path again.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what flows and makes you feel good about your stories. If you’re a happily-ever-after person, that’s great. If you enjoy throwing your characters into conflict and letting them sort it out, that’s fine too. Just be true to your voice and your instincts and polish, polish, polish.
There are no great writers…only great re-writers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I shopped BLAZE IGNITES around in the traditional market for eighteen months and got some very inspiring rejections…lol. I did. Penguin and Random House both requested a full manuscript, so did other smaller presses and several agents. They all came back with variations of the same thing: love the voice, great story, but the market won’t support a love story with Elves. So, self-publishing it is, and I couldn’t be happier.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m currently working on a paranormal erotica series that has garnered some positive interest and if traditional publishing works out with this one, I’m open to it. I think that the publishing situation right now offers authors the best of both worlds. We can hold the reins and make decisions as well as follow the tried and true paths that have worked for decades. BLAZE IGNITES is an eBook with print on the way and I’m excited to see where an agent might take my other series. . . . I’m voting on a hybrid approach.
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