Interview:What makes you proud to be a writer from Arlington, TX, USA?
As a writer from Arlington, TXUSA I am proud to be a mother, wife, corporate employee and novelist. I am a patriot and thank everyday that I was fortunate enough to be born into this incredible country.
What or who inspired you to become a writer?
When I was a kid and we would play ‘pretend’ Iwould write down the adventures we would have and if flourished from there. I would write for myfavorite TV shows and then I began creating my own characters. My imagination is endless and Iwanted and want to see what happens.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published?
When I turned 35 I had amid-thirty crisis. I looked at my life as it stood on that day. I have a wonderful husband, three kids, aloving extended family, a job I enjoy and I am financially comfortable (not too comfortable…it is awooden chair at best). BUT internally I wasn’t satisfied with myself. I felt like I wasn’t doing what Iwas supposed to be doing with my life. So I decided I needed to write, and write for real. I needed topursue my passion. A year later I had written two novels and numerous short stories. I kept going andExtasy Books signed me earlier this year.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why?
My father grewup in a very creatively active family so I was raised with a love of the Arts so my family has alwaysbeen very supportive of my creative nature. Without the support of my family I doubt I would have theconfidence to do what I do.
Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)?
It depends;sometimes I have it upfront, other times it comes in the middle and sometimes at the end. I never knowuntil it clicks.
Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write?
I write Romantic Suspense. I have always beentold to write what I love. That being said, I am in love with love and my spirit craves adventure. I am nota straight romance writer; personally I can’t pallet it so I don’t write it. As a reader I crave intensedrama, angst, strong characters and plots that push the boundaries of possibility, thus the RomanticSuspense. For anyone who has read my book (or anything I have written) I work hard to balance thetwo, tipping the edge the genre.
Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process?
Taking the journey. I love theprocess, I am a writer who writes and lets the characters and the story take me where it wants to go. Ilove that I will start at one point and end up exactly where I wanted, but it is completely different thanwhere I started. I also love creating characters that become as real to me as my own family. It is hardwork but thrill throughout.
Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process?
Distraction. Real life is verydistracting and as silly as it sounds it is very annoying when you have a flow going…
Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?
There have been severalsurprises along the way. The first has been that I have been lucky enough to sign with such as supportiveand awesome publisher. Tina and Jay are truly awesome and I thank my blessings everyday that theygave me a shot. Another surprise has been to discover myself as a determined promoter. I am paying mydues but it has been a learning experience that I have tried to share with other writers. I started adedicated page on my website for author promotions, and started a Google Group in an attempt to ‘share