Q1.When did you start writing? And when did you become an author?
I started writing as a teenager, but changes in life pushed it to the background. It wasn't until about 5 years ago, I rediscovered my passion.
Q2. When was your first book released?
My first book, Ties that Bind (A Madison Knight Novel) released in May of 2011.
Q3. Do you have more books that you have written?
I have written 8 novels, 2 shorts, and 1 novella to date. I have plans to write a lot more novels. In fact, I hope to write another one before the new year.
Q4. When you were younger did you like to write?
I loved it and demanded that my family and friends let me read what I wrote to them. I hear that some authors are shy about sharing what they've written, I never was.
Q5. Is there a certain thing you do before writing your books?
I don't outline but have an idea of where the story is going and who the main players are. I have found interviewing the main characters before I start to be beneficial. It allows me to know them intimately, which makes for terrific motivators during a plot. I also find it whittles out any inclination to dump back story on the reader. And, just because I know a background on a character doesn't even mean it will necessarily come out in the book. It does define the character, however, whether it's "spelled out" or not. This is essential for creating believable characters.
Q6. How long did it take you to write a book?
Talking first drafts..my first novel took me a year, the second six months, and the fastest I've written a novel was one and half months.
Q7.How many books have you read? And did you like to read when you were younger?
I have no way of knowing. I liked to read then, but more so now.
Q8.Do you have another author or person or even place who/that gives you inspiration?
Inspiration comes from anyone, anything, or anywhere. I'm sorry to be so vague, but there is nothing specific I can share.
Q9. Do you write everyday?
When I'm working on a novel, yes. Lately, I have been editing a lot.
By extension, I do immerse myself in the craft, in one form or another every day.