Could you briefly describe your creative process?
My creative process is a little different than most writers. I plan out my books sometimes years in advance. I have a notebook that I use that has all of the books I plan to write.
If I feel the dreaded writers block coming on, I just grab another story from the notebook, and start writing it instead of whatever I’m blocked on.
Who or what have been your greatest influences in your life in regard to creativity?
I use writing as a coping mechanism for my depression.
I wrote poetry as a teenager but as I grew older poetry became harder for me to write. Now I write suspense novels, which keeps me at my norm.
What are your greatest artistic challenges and how do you overcome them?
My only artistic challenges are not finding enough time to write my own work. I also ghostwrite for a living, so most of my time is spent writing books for other people rather than my own.
As a romance author, are you interested in writing in other genres?
I love writing suspense novels. I am a multi- genre author, and write whatever I “feel” at the moment. But my writing shines much better when I write suspense novels.
How would you describe your development as an artist (e.g. finding your own voice, seeking new opportunities, etc.)?
I started writing professionally when my husband was overseas. It was my way of dealing with being without my spouse for the two years he was deployed.
Authors get better as they write more. The more we write the better we get.
I didn’t find my voice until I got into Deceptive Beauty. When I started writing Becca’s series I found my writing home. Which means I will probably write 10-20 more books with Becca.
Is there a vision/project you haven't been able to realise yet due to thing like time, money, technology etc.?
I would love to spend all of my time on just writing Becca’s story. I just feel it more than any other story that I have written.
Looking back over your writing/publishing career, is there anything you would you have done differently if you could do it again?
I wish I could go back to the beginning again with the promotion techniques I know now. I would gladly do it all over again, knowing what I know now.
What do you love most about what you do? What do you dislike about it?
I dislike how public I have to be to be a writer. I love just hiding behind my screen and writing. But it comes with the job I guess.
I love the writing, and being able to work from home.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Write. If you want to write professionally you have to write. And when you don’t think you could write another word, keep writing.
Writing professionally is all about deadlines. You have to write succinct, and write quickly. The more you do it, the better you will get. And the more you write, the better chance you have of building a fan base.
Do you have any quotes or a motto that you live your life by or think about often?
"Aren’t we all a little damned." From my first book, Wingless and Damned
Pride and Prejudice, anything Patricia Cornwell, the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, and the Iliad by Homer.