Just voted Solstice Publishing’s Author of the Year for 2012 for first two books in a trilogy, Linked Through Time and Lost Through Time. Recently made it up the list for Amazon Bestseller for Romance/Time Travel books. Mother of three children and preschool teacher. Loves any outdoor sports and camping. Writing children’s adventure series- M&M Twins-Lost in Browser Cave.
What inspires you to write?
I write the things I know, mixed with things that interest me. I am a big fan of history so I try to incorporate that into my books. But mainly, when I experience something exciting or memorable, I want to put it into my books. My Linked trilogy is based on my father’s family, a family who grew up like they were in the Depression-only many years later. They were poor, but they were honest, hardworking people that I truly admire.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use one of those black/white marbled composition books that kids use in elementary school to journal. It’s weird, but I love to outline in the book and then transfer it to the computer. I write as the book comes to me, but I have a general idea of what I want to happen. My characters are usually based on people I know-people I can picture in my mind as I put them into the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are usually based on people I know, so it’s fun to picture them in my head and see their mannerisms or facial expressions.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think it’s important to be passionate about your subject. I tried to start other books that were trying to follow the social fads, but I just didn’t care enough to really make the story great. So, I think it’s important to write what you like, not what’s necessarily popular.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I submitted them to multiple publishers, and Solstice was the first to come back with an acceptance. I went with them, and it’s been a learning experience. Being an author is not easy, and promoting your work is the hardest part. I think it’s 90% luck if your book ever takes off. Self publishing is a great avenue to explore. It really comes down to how much time you have to promote and market yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks are the way to go. Books are still in demand, but ebooks are the easiest to get in the hands of people. To get your book into a physical store is fairly difficult.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print