I’m a lover of all things romance – novels, poetry, flowers and chocolate (Snickers and chocolate covered peanuts are my favorite). I also love visiting romantic destinations – the sunny beaches of the Caribbean and romantic European cities including London and Paris. My idea of heaven – a comfy lawn chair on the beach in the shade of a palm tree, with a sizzling romance novel and a pina colada. When I’m not writing I’m studying Psychology. I find the field of study fascinating. My book shelves are loaded with the stuff (right next to tons of romance novels). Reading is my life!
What inspires you to write?
I absolutely love to read. I devour books on a daily basis. It naturally flowed that I would want to try my hand at writing. I’m inspired by works that capture my imagination and take me to places I’ve never been before. I hope to provide that vicarious pleasure to my own readers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m up at 5 am and I write until 7 a.m. when I take a break to get my son ready for school. By 9 a.m. I am back at writing, most times in the library where there is less distraction. My writing day ends at 5 p.m. when I head out to get the young one from ‘after-school’. This is a full-time job for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am definitely an outliner. I can’t even start the book until I know how it ends. Without an outline I’m always afraid of painting myself into a corner. I admire those who can just sit down and let the story take them wherever it chooses. Me, I’m not that confident I’ll end up in the right place : )
I do very brief character sketches before I start the story but the key for me is the plot. I have to know what comes next and next and next. Once I have that, I fill in the setting and subplots but always, for me, the main plot comes first.
What advice would you give other writers?
My first piece of advice is to write consistently. Don’t give in to distractions and procrastination (of which I am often guilty). Set a goal, whether it be in pages or time spent with rear-end in the chair, and work toward that goal.
Read voraciously in your chosen genre to determine what is selling, what connects with readers. Be original but also be guided by the trends so you can capitalize on where the market is going.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
A few years ago I was offered a publishing contract by a small publisher who wanted me to sign over the copyright to his company (my lifetime plus 50 years). I wanted to be traditionally published but not that badly. I said, ‘thanks, but no thanks’ and moved on. Later an even bigger company expressed interest in one of my manuscripts but the imprint was sold to one of the big 6 publishers so, of course, that opportunity died on the table. Then, a friend suggested self publishing. I dipped my toe in the water and never looked back. At this point I’m glad I did not sign to any traditional publisher as I presently make a living writing full-time, something that many traditionally published writers cannot do (many have to keep their day jobs). I am grateful for the opportunity that self-publishing is providing to writers like me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more and more authors will want to keep their rights to e-book publishing while considering contracts for print book rights only. It is so easy to publish your book digitally that it makes sense to hold on to those rights. However, traditional publishers are strong in the print book market so I believe they will continue to be a valuable resource for authors.
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