1. A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
I was very shy all through school. It wasn’t until I started Highschool, and drama that I finally came out of my shell.
2. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
I can relate more to my characters. I have a vivid imagination, and I could possibly write paranormal fiction or fantasy fiction, but it wouldn’t be real to me. My characters are real; they speak to me as I am writing.
3. How important is research to you when writing a book?
I research and research. I don’t want anyone to come back and say I didn’t know what I was writing about.
4. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
I must type. My handwriting is atrocious, and my brain works faster than I could put the words down.
5. What inspires you to write?
My characters inspire me. My stories usually start with dreams or with a song. I just listen to what they are telling me to write, and I put it down on paper.
6. How often do you write?
I try to write every day if I can, or at least do some editing.
7. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
For me it isn’t hard at all, I have an idea of what I’m going to write about, and the words tend to flow from my fingers onto the page.
8. Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
No, and my husband will vouch for me. People think we are rich, and I’m approached all the time for charity. I do what I can, but most independent writers don’t make enough to support their writing addiction.
9. Do your novels carry a message?
Yes, all my books have a message. I feel like I’m inspired to write them for a reason. I hope what I have to say helps someone who might have gone through the same experiences my characters are going through.
10. How much of yourself do you put into your books?
While I’m working on a particular story, my everything goes into that book. I dream it at night, and I wake and write certain things down as I’m prompted. I include an event or a tragedy that has happened to me or a family member in most of my stories.
11. How realistic are your books?
My books are very real. I’ve had fans contact me and tell me it was as if they were watching the book come to life on the screen, and many have told me that they went through the same experiences as my characters.
12. Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?
I am trying to edit the first book I wrote which started as a reoccurring dream. It will take a lot of work, and it is a historical fantasy romance which isn’t my usual genre. The Enchanted Knight is the title.
13. It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?
Many times. I think that is one of the reasons my stories are so poignant. I’ve experienced the pain and the heartbreak of a love lost.
14. Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?
My day job stops me from doing what I love the most, and that is writing. My job also has been an inspiration for new characters. I speak to people from all walks of life daily and hearing their stories is a benefit.
15. From all that we have been hearing and seeing in the movies, most writers are alcoholics. Your views on that?
I do know many writers who drink, and some probably too much at times. I don’t drink, it would dull the senses, and I need my senses; all of them when I write.
16. Is it true that anyone can be a writer?
No, not everyone can be a writer, but they have stories to tell. Putting those stories on paper isn’t an easy task.
17. Do you like traveling or do you prefer staying indoors?
I love to travel, but I love to be indoors and write. I can’t stay at the computer and write about locations without actually experiencing them.
18. Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?
This a hilarious question. Absolutely no!
19. How does it feel when you don’t get the recognition you deserve?
My books are my babies; it hurts when others don’t take the time to appreciate them as much as I do.