How important is research to you when writing a book?
I research everything for my books. My books are dark fantasy so I have to learn a lot about the lure and what my characters will become.
What inspires you to write?
My children and my fans inspire me to keep writing. If it wasn’t for the fans I would not be where I am today. My children keep me going, they tell me “good job mom I am so proud of you.”
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
I would say the hardest thing about writing is coming up with the plot and the characters. You have to keep it going throughout the book. If not, it ends up all over the place and you will loose your readers.
What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
I think the most important thing about a book is your characters. Your readers must connect with them in order to visualize the experience that are going through in the story.
What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
The cover and title must capture their interest. It has to draw them into what the book will be about.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. Not everyone will like your work. Just remember that is your baby not theirs. Listen to your readers, they are your fans.
Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
My children are the most supportive on my writing. They love reading and helping with what will happen next.
Do you enjoy book signings?
That is my favorite part. I get to meet and talk in person with my fans. They love the story and always want to give me ideas what they think should happen next. I love listening to their ideas. You get to know them on a personal level.
Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?
Yes. I have many on my social media and we talk daily. I keep them updated on how things are going with the books. We also talk about everyday life.
Is writing book series more challenging?
I would think so. Because you have to keep in mind of the whole story line and where you want the next book to go. How you want the end to play out.
How do you feel when people recognize you in public and appreciate your work?
It makes me feel awesome to know they look the books. Knowing that I have so many fans out there who can’t wait for the next book is heartwarming. They are the reason I am where I am today.
How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book?
My family and friends got together and threw me a launch party.
What other genres do you enjoy reading?
Mystery, horror, romance are just to name a few.
When can the readers expect your next book in print?
The next book in the series will be released this next coming year.
Do you enjoy the attention fans shower you with, or would you rather keep it online?
I enjoy online but my favorite would have to be in person. In person you can read how the person just by their body language. You can really see the excitement on their faces just to be in the same room with you. That you are their favorite author.
How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
It took me a few days to figure out what genre I wanted to write in, then a few weeks to plan out the story line. So to answer this question it was not hard at all. It flowed like a vivid dream.
How often do you write?
I write every day. Sometimes I take time to go back and read the last few chapters just to make sure it is still on the path I want it on. I take about 2 hours a day if my days are busy, if my day is slow I write all day if I can.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I set the plot. I think that is the best way. It keeps your story in line in check. It helps me set where in the book I was the action scenes or where I want the character’s back line to be. It also keeps you organized when writing a long story.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
I think some do. But others do not. If you can walk down the street and 5 different people come up to you and ask if you can sign something for them then go for it. At that point your life is far from normal. You have fans now and they expect you to keep writing and publish more books. For fantasy writers you spend most of your time living in a different world due to writing about it. So jumping from one world to another is not your normal life. But I will say this it is a world of fun.
Does a bad review affect your writing?
I think it affects everyone differently. For me it was making me look back at my style of writing seeing where I went wrong. Not everyone will like your book and you will get the bad reviews just remember always ask for honest reviews never ask for a good review. You want both good and bad reviews it will help you in the long run. Readers want to see both types of reviews it helps them decide if they want to read your book. If you have a few bad reviews it won’t hurt your fans but if there is nothing but bad reviews, don’t stop writing keep going.