Q1.When did you start writing? And when did you become an author?
I didn’t get serious about writing until 1975. At that time I was a stay at home mom and it seemed like a great time to try my hand at writing my first romance. My first novel wasn’t published until 2006.
Q2. When was your first book released?
Concealed in my Heart was released on March 13, 2006.
Q3. Do you have more books that you have written?
I have five published sweet romances, five short horror stories, 2 children’s picture books and two short inspirational stories.
Q4. When you were younger did you like to write?
I didn’t get into writing until the seventh grade. Back then I was fearless so I tried writing a little bit of everything.
Q5. Is there a certain thing you do before writing your books?
I write a cheat sheet for character names, appearances and a little back story for each person. I discovered early on if I didn’t do this I would have to go through the entire manuscript to find an eye color or someone’s name.
Q6. How long did it take you to write a book?
It just depends if I get writer’s block in the middle of writing the story. If things go well, it usually takes me around three to four months to finish a full length novel. My last romance took me two years because I kept getting stuck around chapter six. I had to redo it from the beginning six times. It only takes me a couple of weeks to do a short story.
Q7.How many books have you read? And did you like to read when you were younger?
I can’t remember a time I didn’t love to read. I have no idea how many books I have read over the years. I obsessed with reading so if I fall in love with the characters I can’t put it down until I know how it’s going to end.
Q8.Do you have another author or person or even place who/that gives you inspiration?
I never know where my next inspiration is coming from. Anything can set me to thinking, what if?
Q9. Do you write every day?
I don’t write every day. I never want writing to become a chore or something I have to do. There are too many other things in my life that fall into that category. A writer shouldn’t dread getting up in the morning and thinking they have to write today.
Q10. How did you get your book published?
My first books I submitted and submitted until I finally found a publisher willing to give me a chance. This year I decided to take charge of my own destiny and go Indie. I’m enjoying the freedom of making all of the major decisions for myself. It’s a little frightening to know my success or failure rests squarely on my own shoulders, but I guess in a way it always did.
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