Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re currently working on or promoting. Currently, I’m working on promoting my first novel, Undisclosed Desire, while I write my second book, a followup to that novel. It is untitled as of yet.
What genre is your book? Adult Paranormal Romance. Do you write in other genres as well? I’ve just started a Horror/Crime novel that I’m six or seven thousand words into. It’s completely different to what I normally write, and I’m enjoying the challenge. Coming this week, snippets of that work and the sequel to Undisclosed Desire will be placed on my website.
Who or what inspires you? My soulmate inspires me – she and I have been together since we were sixteen years old, and we write together almost every day.
What advice do you have for writers just starting out? Only you can write this story, in your own words, in your own way. Also – edit LATER. Write first; there’s all the time in the world to edit later.
Do you set writing goals and if so, what are they? Recently, my fiancée and I just finished our own sort of homage to November’s National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo – in which you write 50,000 words of a new novel in one month – except that we only set ourselves the goal of writing 25,000 words. And we’re trying to keep up a goal of writing five hundred words a day, just to keep our writing muscles flexing.
Do you outline your stories or just go with the flow? I am an utter go-with-the-flow kind of writer. I never understood the needs for writing outlines in school. I just made up the story around the prompts – and I do the same thing now. Pictures, music, a snippet of dialogue when I am out and about – they’re all inspirations.
Who is your favorite author and why? Probably Stephen King, if I’m not allowed to quote my fiancée here, since she’s a writer, too.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters? All writers set a little bit of themselves in their characters – we can’t help it. While sometimes it’s no more than a quirk of their personality, every single one of our characters has some part of ourselves sewn into their makeup.
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another? I find very assertive characters a challenge to write unless the people in question are supposed to come off as distastefully arrogant, because I have a problem with assertiveness in my own life.
What do you do when you’re not writing? I’m always writing – there’s never a moment where I’m not analyzing a bit of dialogue or being inspired by a snatch of song. I file things away in my head.
What do you do to stay sane as a writer? I write. The promotion and the editing are what drive me nuts the most. It’s draining.
Do you read your reviews and if so, how do you cope with a bad one? I do read my reviews, but so far, I’m lucky not to have had a ‘bad’ one. It’s all someone else’s opinion, I guess – but telling myself that doesn’t mean I won’t fly off the handle the first time I do get a bad review.
I have found the writer’s community to be very supportive and welcoming. Please share three writers that you recommend for us to check out.
- Megan Peters – the author of The Hawk Prince
- The Ladies In Waiting of the Behind Closed Doors Website: I know there are actually five of us (including myself) listed here, but I just can’t make the choice between them! All four of them (Nya Rawlyns is a pen name of one of the other ladies) have been fantastically helpful and are wonderful writers that you’ve just got to check out for yourselves.
My third choice of an author is a little bittersweet. She and I co-wrote her first three novels and we were working on her fourth novel when she passed away in January of this year. Linda Eble Swain:
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