I recently did an author interview that I thought I would share with all of you as I continue to celebrate one year since I signed my contract with Hot Tree Publishing for A Whole New Life! Remember A Whole New Life is on sale this week only! Links at the bottom of the interview!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been making up stories for fun and writing since I was a kid. However I didn’t think about pursuing writing as a career until I was in my early 30s. A good friend of mine read one of my novellas and pushed me to submit it to a publisher. It was accepted and I guess you could say that the rest is history. I have been writing and publishing for the past eight years and have no intention of stopping.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It really depends on the book and on my life. I have a busy life with a full time job and family obligations plus some attempts at a social life. Sometimes books really flow and depending on the length I can finish a rough draft in one to three months. Of course then I send it out to beta readers and do some rewrites over the next couple of months. Then if it is accepted by a publisher it takes probably six months or more to get all rounds of edits done and such. So from start to finish it is about a year from forming an idea to seeing my book come out.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write six days a week, taking one day off to just spend time with my husband and family. As to how each day of writing goes, it depends a lot on my work schedule. I try to get a little writing in during the morning, then it depends if I open or close at my day job. If I open, well I go to work and then write for a few hours when I get home. If I close, I write in the morning and early afternoon before getting ready and heading to work. I also take holidays off and sometimes health days off, just so health and stress issues don’t make their way into my writing. Of course this is my ideal schedule. There are times when I don’t get as much writing as I would like in, but as long as I get words down I figure I am moving in the right direction.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I rarely write at a desk, though I recently got a new writing desk and writing area and I write there a bit more often now. I usually write in bed. I like to be comfortable and to have my dog snuggled by me as I write.
How do books get published?
Research various publishers out there. Find ones that publish what you write and accept unsolicited manuscripts. Then do more research, read some of their books to see if yours would be a good fit for a certain publisher. Write your best work, edit it yourself, and send it to some trusted friends to read and ask for their input. Submit your best manuscript. Be patient and don’t take rejection to hard. You will find the right place for you work if you stay persistent and positive.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ideas can literally come from anywhere. The idea for my sweet romance A Whole New Life came from watching some mobster documentaries on television. Not exactly what you would think inspires love and romance, but I thought about a daughter caught in the world of organized crime through no fault of her own. What if decisions had been made for her for her entire life? What happens when she has had enough? Once she tries to make a new life for herself, what happens when an attractive man takes an interest? Well A Whole New Life explores all of those scenarios in a fun and flirty way I think. I’ve been inspired by songs in the past, by photos that I have seen. Inspiration can be anywhere, you just have to be on the lookout for it.
Author, artist, jewelry maker and all around creative person. I write in many genres and have a lot of fun doing so. Please take a look around and enjoy!