She has been playing the piano for weddings and other events in the Atlanta area since 2009. A woman of fairly simple pleasures, she enjoys hanging out with her family, knitting and coloring, and watching reruns of Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory.
What inspires you to write?
I usually get ideas based or something funny, odd, or aggravating that has happened to me. Then I figure out how to put on a spin on everything and make it a new story. As far as a more general inspiration, I enjoy listening to The Creative Penn podcast.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely an outliner. It would drive me crazy to write without any idea where I’m going. I’ve recently discovered Scrivener, which I think is going to help greatly organizing my next book. In usually start with a character in a certain situation, then think about the details about how they got in that situation and what could happen to them once they’re there.
Who are your favorite authors?
Interestingly, my own writing is very different from some of my favorite books. I love Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah and other psychological thriller/crime drama type books. When I want something lighter, I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot. Oh, and I love Jen Lancaster.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It wasn’t until very recently that I discovered how much self-publishing had changed over the last several years. I thought it was just for people who couldn’t get a book deal and decided in desperation to put it online and maybe sell a few copies to people they know. When I realized how many people are making a living doing this, I realized it was a perfect fit for me. I love having complete creative control of my work. Also, self-publishing is WAAAY faster than traditional publishing!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a very exciting time for authors because there is an incredible amount of freedom. There appears to be a huge trend toward ebooks, which is great for me as an author. I hope print books never go away completely, though, because I will always have a special love for them that ebooks will never replace.
What genres do you write?
Humor, Chick Lit
What formats are your books in?