What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always written stories, kept journals, re-written the endings of my fave TV shows in my head, and daydreamed… a lot! But I think it was in 2011 or 2012 when I became bored during summer break and began writing on my laptop. At first it was just short stories, you know, some weird little ideas which had been floating around in my head for a while. Anyway, in the early fall, I was injured at work. Laid up in bed for months and positively bored out of my tiny little mind. So, I set to work on what later became books 1-3 of the Airendell Chronicles. By December of 2013 I finally got up the nerve to self-publish on Amazon. I’ve been hooked ever since.
How much real life do you put into or influences your books?
I write paranormal/fantasy romance, so not a lot of reality makes it onto my pages, except in the form of my characters. I may write about shifters, vampires, demi-gods, blood wraiths and spell weavers, but they become real people to me. (At least while I am writing them. Ha, Ha) I try to infuse them real personalities, genuine qualities, and a lot of humanity.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing THE END! Silly, right? Seriously, I have tons of WIPs (works in progress) on my laptop and flash drives, but actually finishing a story can be tough. I can just keep writing and writing. And that is not always a good thing. I recently told fellow TI author, T Mike McCurley, how much I admire his ability to convey so much with such an eloquent economy of words. That’s a skill I’d love to develop. I went on to elaborate that just because I could write two pages about a spot on the wall, does not necessarily mean that I should write those two pages! There is a lot of truth to the old adage, less is more.
What are your current projects?
Oh my! They are too numerous to mention! I do have many, many more TI books in the works, not the least of which are the remaining four dragon queen stories. I am also very eager to re-visit my Wolf Diaries series. And I am also particularly intrigued by the idea of doing a Cozy Paranormal Adventure series, a contemporary Paramilitary Romance series, and a Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy series.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)?
As weird as this might sound, sometimes I have a title before I even have a solid story line. Other times, something in the tale sparks the idea for the title. This is not my strong suit, but I do my best.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Paranormal Romance…hands down! It is also what I read, voraciously. I many other genres as well, but when I need/want the comfortable, familiar, soothing, I grab a shifter or vamp off shelves at Amazon and start reading.
Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to publishing?
No idea. But let me tell, ya I ain’t no Speedy Gonzales. See the question above about the hardest part of writing for me. Finishing is hard. Plus, I have a hefty dose of ADHD and a 14 year old son with Autism. He keeps me pretty busy and I love every minute of it.
Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone?
I am constantly bouncing ideas off my A-Team and fellow authors. I think, that I collect story ideas like some women collect shoes. *WINK*
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