Groovy Lee lives in the deep South with her Queen, her daughter, and where the number 4 has two syllables. Ever since she could put complete sentences together, she’s been creating plots and adventures that thrive in her vivid imagination. Her first suspense novel was featured on a television talk show and given a “Highly Recommended”—she’s still smiling. That same novel brought joy and a moment of escape to a mother while she nursed her young daughter dying of cancer. To think that something she wrote helped in such a small way convinces her that all the hard work is worthwhile.
When it’s tennis season, you can look for her, but you won’t find her; unless you know where her 53” television is. Even then, approach her as you would a wild grizzly—exactly, you wouldn’t.
She loves to interact with her readers, and answer any questions they may have.
What inspires you to write?
Life around me. It could be something someone says, a song, or the way someone looks can evoke a story. For instance, Oz Jamison, a major character in Cause She’s A Good Girl, looks just like R&B Artist Prince. I’m his biggest fan, of course, and it occurred to me what an entertaining part that would play in the storyline. The song, “I shot the Sheriff”, is turned into a pivotal scene in my romantic/suspense, Colors In The Dark.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t use outlines or anything like that. Like a lot of authors, stories and characters live in my imagination until I put them on paper. As I’ve already mentioned, listening to someone talk, a song, or the way someone looks gets my imagination rolling, and before you know it, a story has formed. And I find that the more I revise my manuscripts, the more the story expands into another adventure and plot, which is my favorite part of writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. After all, it is their story. It would do no good to talk to them, they wouldn’t listen. They live their lives, and I just write it down.
Who are your favorite authors?
I think Frank L. Baum was a genius. I absolutely love reading Dr. Seuss, what an imagination!! Dean Koontz’, Intensity, still haunts me to this day. He helped inspire me to write, Cause She’s A Good Girl.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For years, I queried agents, but no one would give me a chance. I thought I was doomed as a writer until Amazon KDP came along. I was ecstatic. Finally, I could write what I want, any way I wanted. Agents could no longer stand in front of the gates of publishing and keep me out; no one could say I wasn’t good enough anymore.
Now I have 5 books published and very excited to say that I have fans.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Unlike years ago, where a budding author’s future depended on that golden acceptance letter from a well-known agent, the sky’s the limit. Anyone who aspires to become an author, can, whether by traditional or self-publish. The door’s wide open and you can walk through it. There are a lot of gems out there waiting to be discovered.
What genres do you write?
Romance, Romantic/Suspense, Suspense
What formats are your books in?
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