Has a dream every inspired any of your stories?
Yes! I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I have crazy-ass dreams! Some are worth writing down, others have me guessing, Why did I just dream that Patrick Dempsey was seducing me in a booth while I interviewed someone for a job? I don’t even find him attractive. What the hell did I eat last night?
What advice do you have for writer’s just starting out?
Find out which kind of wine you like best and invest in many bottles! Seriously, I guess my best advice—if you can summon the strength to accomplish it—close off all doubt and enjoy this journey. When you’ve figured out how to do this, please bottle it and share it with me!
Do you set writing goals and if so, what are they?
I don’t set goals because I don’t ever want to dread writing. Right now it’s my escape, my passion, and I can’t wait to sit with a cup of Earl Grey and type.
Do you outline your stories or just go with the flow?
I do a brief outline, but follow the story and let the characters lead. However, my newest WIP, Wait For Me, has an extensive outline—thanks to being stranded at Hardee’s in six degree weather with nothing but a notepad and pen!
What does your writing space look like?
Oh, my glorious new writing space! My husband recently set me up with a beautiful new desk and chair. He said it looked like a “writer’s desk.” So I’m no longer at the dining room table, begging my children to find another space for their homework, crafts, games…
Do you have any writing rituals or interesting writing quirks?
I must have a cup of hot Earl Grey tea beside me as I work. It almost always goes cold, but I can’t sit down until it’s there.
What project are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on two projects. Wait For Me is a story of a couple trying to come together, but of course conflicts keep them apart. There will be mystery of course. Another project I’m working on follows the lives and loves of three women. This one is a little different and I hope will have a “what the—” ending. I don’t have a title for this one yet.
What has been your best moment as a writer?
Hearing from the readers that loved my story. Whether on Amazon, facebook, or someone telling me their co-worker loved it, these kind words carry me through the day. Words carry so much weight in how you feel. Both positive and negative can weigh heavily on your emotions.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Four days a week I start my day with CrossFit. I love it, but it’s not the best mix for a writer. The workouts are intense, and if I sit at the computer too long, sometimes I’m too sore to get up and walk around like a goose until things loosen up!
Do you read your reviews and if so, how do you cope with a bad one?
I’m obsessed with checking the reviews. I wish I could filter out the negative ones and never see them. The good ones make me dance around the house giggling like a teenager who just met Nial Horan, while the bad ones make me want to soak in a tub full of vodka and weep. There have been books that my friends rave about and I haven’t cared for, but I’d never leave a mean review. Knowing what goes into writing a book—sleepless nights, outlines, notes scattered everywhere, zoning your family out because you’re plotting your character’s story . . . editing, revising, throwing the whole damn manuscript in the trash bin . . . restoring the manuscript, editing some more, picking through the manuscript with a lice comb, setting it on fire, blowing on it . . . paying to have it professionally edited, working with someone to get the cover right, THE FREAKING SYNOPSIS FROM HELL, chewing off every single fingernail because you’re about to put your soul out there for everyone to see and judge. I’m convinced there are at least a handful of people who think we write while on the toilet, taking care of our morning business, and then what I call the “Flush and Publish.” But it’s not true, I tell you!
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