My first romance novel, Just One Night, will be released on April 3, 2019 with my second novel due out late this year.
Both are published by The Wild Rose Press.
I’ve won fifty writing awards from contests in Texas and Oklahoma. I also enjoy judging writing contests as it allows me to help new writers with their own goals.
What inspires you to write?
I always loved to read. I was the nerd who strolled around with her head in a book, walking into walls. When I was around ten, I started writing poetry. I found it a great emotional release. After I met British mystery writer, Dick Francis, as an young adult, it inspired me to try writing novels.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a combination of pantser and outliner. I start to write first, because I'm so excited about starting a new project, the words just gush out. After a couple of chapters, things slow down, so that's when I go back and outline. Outlines help a lot with the pacing of your book. I write very tightly with not much excess, so an outline helps me go back and flesh things out where I need it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Honestly, people might think I'm a bit wacky if they heard me. I talk to myself, sort of an ongoing grumble while I'm working things out. I often giggle or get teary at certain parts and that's when I know the scene is working.
Other than that, I'm pretty normal.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Nora Roberts and her alter ego, J.D.Robb. I've read her for years. My other favorites are Dick Francis, James Patterson and Jane Austen for a change of pace.
My favorite book from Dick Francis is Whip Hand.
I have a new author I'm really enjoying, too. Her name is Meg Gardiner. I'm about to start reading UNSUB.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This is a very personal choice, of course. I preferred not to have an agent, but I did my research about what company might best fit my needs. I'm actually quite fussy about who I'll work with. I work hard to treat others with respect and I expect the same in return, not always a given in any business. The Wild Rose Press has a great reputation for working well with authors and I am extremely happy there.
And in my case, the research paid off, because I sold my first book there on my initial pitch.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The needs of book publishers are always shifting and changing and I think it will be just fine. You always have to keep up with the market and to plan accordingly.
I prefer to concentrate mostly on writing books I love and hoping others will love them, too.
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?
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