Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always wanted to be a writer. I am a fairly introverted person and I always found it easier to express myself through writing. It took a few decades for all the pieces to fall into place, but I am finally doing what I love.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
In college when I read one of my articles published in the campus newspaper!
How long did it take to get your first book published?
A little over a year.
Do you have another job besides writing and can you tell us more about it?
I took the plunge about a year ago and resigned from my job at a local television station—I am a full-time writer.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
“My Favorite Second Chance” –
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I founded a publishing company, Sittin’ On A Goldmine Productions, and we currently have three authors and five projects.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
The actual writing takes 2-3 months. Tack on a couple extra weeks if I have to dig into any serious research.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Readers can expect more of the same genre AND books from a new genre. There is one more book in The Lake Effect Series and I have two YA books and a children’s book on the schedule, as well.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I can’t exist in the world without humor – so my characters are destined to have a little comedy in their storylines.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Todd Warner – because he is efficient and awesomely sarcastic.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I started writing when I was three – I’m a freak. Blame Hooked on Phonics! I am a fairly introverted person and I always found it easier to express myself through writing. It took a few decades for all the pieces to fall into place, but I am finally doing what I love.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I have a fairly regular routine. I start out sitting at my regular desk. Once my legs start to get numb I switch to my FitDesk for about and hour...eventually I end up on the couch until my laptop battery dies. Charge & Repeat.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I have actually found that the title I choose before I start writing never makes it to the end of writing the book. The title emerges as the subtle pieces of the story come together.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Character’s manifest in my head with names attached. Place names are usually an amalgam of places I’ve been or read about.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Again, characters come to me as “real” people, complete with traits. However, as the story unfolds I discover more about them and their likes/dislikes, secrets, etc.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Not intentionally, but I wouldn’t mind if people pick up on the “Hey we’re all human. Love is a soul level thing – not limited by gender” vibe.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Six months ago I would’ve sworn that I had to hold paper pages to feel like a satisfied reader. My recent experience with a Terri Osburn novel and my Kindle changed my opinion :-) when I got so engrossed I tried to physically flip the kindle over to reveal the next page…I was convinced. I love reading and I guess you can put anything with type in my hands—if it good—I will read!
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
The Secret Garden is my favorite book. I love the magic of the hidden garden and I love the character arcs. I have read it at least four times – I even forced my son to endure mommy reading it to him!
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
As a filmmaker I have to plead the Fifth on this one.
Your favorite food is?
Potatoes of any kind – French fries, home fries, mashed, scalloped…I could go on. Seriously, I could.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I love the way a song makes me feel and I rarely pay attention to the singers/bands. I know that is weird and I am in a twelve-step program :-) So I listen to everything from Immortal Technique to Mozart…when the mood strikes. (Even Country – don’t tell!)
Your favorite color is?
ALL. It is totally a mood thing – one day I could be in love with a purple shirt, and the next day you couldn’t pay me to wear it. Packing for trips is a bitch!
Your favorite Author is?
Depends on the genre—I have many favorites. But, if you put a Juliet Marillier book in front of me I wouldn’t be mad about that.