Camden Place

 

  1. A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?    Answer:  For me, not true at all. I love meeting fans. I love talking to readers about what they are reading and what they like about what they’re reading. I have no trouble talking to people who are standing in line with me at the grocery story. I look forward to meeting other authors and discovering where they gain their ideas. My mother always told me, “It’s who you know, not always what you know.” I believe that. I strive to share my smile and meet as many people as possible. One can never have too many friends.
  2. Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?  Answer:  No, but it helps. But there are plenty of grammar Nazis out there, so if I’m not one, I can certainly find one without a problem. When I was in high school, I took several office practice classes. (I know, I’m probably giving away my age, but oh, well.) In Typing class, a student either had an A or an F. The letter typed was either mailable and without errors or it was unmailable if there was an error. That standard still goes for me today. Either my work is as good as possible or it doesn’t fly.
  3. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?    Answer:  All of them, although just in the past year I tossed out my typewriter, not because I didn’t like it but because I couldn’t get ribbons for it any longer and because the N didn’t type. While I haven’t had a fountain pen in a long time, I really like to use different colored pens for different things. Purple when I jotting notes, red when I’m editing, etc. I buy lots of pens at back to school time. I outline on 3×5 index cards in long hand then move to computer.
  4. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?   Answer: The hardest thing for me is finding the time to write. I have a day job (which I also really love) so I’m not able to simply sit down when the mood strikes me. I’m not able to stay up late at night because my muse is working overtime. Also I have a family who requires supper at a certain time and clean clothes. It’s not easy finishing a scene when someone is complaining he’s hungry!
  5. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?   Answer: I have always thought characters are most important. I don’t like stupid characters or characters that do not have realistic reactions to situations. I have been known to stop reading a book where the heroine is told by several people – the police, her family, her boss, her SO, etc. not to do something that is dangerous and thoughtless or she’s been told to stay away from someone and she does it anyway.  Characters to me are fictional people who should make wise choices, even though they may be tossed into terrible situations. The reader has to be drawn to the characters in order to relate to them.
  6. Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?  Answer:  I put my writing on hold for a few years while I was raising teenagers. Life was just so busy, filled with 4-H, Scouts, sports, homework, band, piano lessons, as well as those family things like cooking and laundry. When I made the decision and the time to come back to it, so much was different about the business and the process, it was worse than starting from square one. Much of the time I feel like I’m always a step behind everyone else. So I would tell my younger self to never quit, always find a few minutes to do what I love, don’t give every bit of myself to the family.
  7. Which book inspired you to begin writing?   Answer:  It wasn’t a book. It was a group of ‘things.’ 1. It was a TV show called the Waltons. I had always written in a journal, and here was John Boy Walton sitting up in his room simply writing things his family experienced, then he (as an older man or at least sounding older) narrated about it. I wanted to write a TV show. 2. When I was a teenager, a group of friends of mine recorded something like a radio show. I thought it was funny and clever as I listened to it. I tried to tape record myself doing the same thing, but thought I only sounded silly. So instead of speaking and recording it, I wrote a ‘show.’ Writing just came easier. 3. There was also my favorite author – Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote stories based on her life. These stories have been loved by thousands of people, including me. She inspired me.
  8. Do your novels carry a message?    Answer: I hope so. If anything, I hope the message my books convey is to be a strong woman. I want all my heroines to be strong. They don’t necessarily have to climb mountains and it doesn’t mean they can never cry, but they have to overcome something that’s holding them back from living their lives to the fullest. No female should ever have to give up a part of herself to find love. And her partner doesn’t have to love every part of her, but that person does have to accept her. Many of my books also let it be known that stereotyping is bad. For example, my vampires are the good guys.
  9. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?    Answer:  I don’t remember the very first, but I remember crying over Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web in 3rd Grade. I also remember being sad simply because the book ended.
  10. Who are your books mostly dedicated to?   Answer:  I dedicate my books to people who help me, support me, or inspire me. If there is one thing I’ve learned in this business, not everyone is excited that I’ve written a novel. There are some people who are close to me who – surprisingly – don’t support me at all. Most of those people are not readers and do not understand why I would even want to devote my time to sitting in front of a computer spitting out a story. One person I know even told me once she doesn’t talk to me much anymore because she’s afraid I’ll put it in a book and tell everyone. Most of my dedications are to my family members who have supported me.
  11. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?  Answer:  My mother, who reads all of my books, and my daughter who reads my books before I send them to the editor. Both of them have supported me most in almost everything I’ve done.
  12. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?   Answer: I never really thought of what I have as being my ‘muse.’ It never really had a name at all. It was just something I did or something I HAD to do because it called to me. In high school, I used to think there must be something wrong with me because I didn’t want to be at parties, I wanted a pen in my hand or I wanted to be curled up in a chair with the next gothic novel I could snag. I liked practicing shorthand and typing and daydreaming. I still like reading and researching and learning something new. And writing just came easy and most of time still does. Is it a muse? I guess it could be called that.
  13. Do you have a daily habit of writing?   Answer:  I didn’t use to write every day. I just did it when the mood hit and I had the time. Now I make the time to do something writing-wise every day to move my work in progress forward, even if it’s just jot down an idea so I don’t forget it. It works much better for me.
  14. Is it true that anyone can be a writer?   Answer: Yes. Although, I’ve read a few books that I thought the author should switch professions. But I don’t feel that way anymore. If you’re called to write, do it. Do it for you.
  15. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?    Answer:  My husband sees it as a hobby. I see it as my passion. I plan to win him over. Although he still doesn’t understand why I need to keep a flashlight, a purple pen, and notebook beside my bed.
  16. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?   Answer:  I used to say I could wallpaper my bathroom with rejection letters. Then it moved on to perhaps I could wallpaper my kitchen, too!
  17. Are all writers rich?  Answer: I know they would all say no, but I remember a children’s story from when my kids were younger called THE KING’S EQUAL. I don’t remember exactly how it went, but it was something like this. The king was looking for a wife but she needed to be as good looking as he was, as smart as he was, and as rich as he was. His advisers could find eligible woman who thought they were as good looking and smart as the king, but none of them would admit to being as rich since the king should be the richest. Finally, when asked if she was rich, one woman replied, “I have everything I need and want, so I guess I am rich.” I guess I’m rich, too.
  18. Do writers become narcissists once their book starts to sell?  Answer: I wouldn’t really call them narcissists, but many of them do clam up. They no longer share their secrets. When we were or are in the same boat trying to become best sellers, everyone is together talking about their latest marketing scheme. The moment they get that title, it’s like they leave the group and become too busy to share. Overall, every author I’ve ever met is nice.
  19. How critical are you in your evaluation when you are reviewing someone’s work?   Answer:  I do my best to be kind. Always. Just because I’m published doesn’t mean my work isn’t always being critiqued. I would want the same consideration. If you don’t like my book, don’t read it, but please don’t be mean. Thank you.
  20. Can you tell us about your current projects?  Answer: Suspense is always my thing. I love reading and writing something that keeps me wondering what’s going to happen next. I just turned in a manuscript which I’ve titled Small Town Secrets, which is a romantic suspense about a couple torn apart a decade ago by a murder in the town. As they work their way back together, they’ll discover all sorts of deadly secrets hidden in their hometown. I hope to have a Small Town series – Small Town Lies and Small Town Rumors. Perhaps even Small Town Christmas.  All of my books, however, are stand alone stories, even if I use the same characters.
  21. Do you encourage your children to read?   Answer:  I encourage everyone to read. I don’t care if it’s comics, the newspaper, fiction, or magazines, whatever. Knowledge is power.
  22. Do you have a library at home?   Answer:  Doesn’t everyone?

 

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