For the record, please state your name.
What inspired you to become a writer?
My love of reading and words. I love everything about them, about the way they let me escape life for a slice of time. I wanted to tell my own stories, in my own words.
How long have you been writing for?
Ten years. I started when I was around thirty, which is late, I think. Before that, I had this horrible worry of not being able to write well. The ironic thing is, the more I learned about writing, the more I realized that no one writes well without years of practice and never on a first draft.
What’s your writing style like?
I think it’s complex. There’s a lot wrapped up in my characters; they have their dark sides, their past mistakes, but they have a sense of humor as well. I try to make characters who could be real people.
What’s your favorite genre to write/read in and why?
I love to read lots of genres—historical and contemporary romance, thrillers, fantasy. For the most part, I stick to writing romance in the present day. There’s plenty in life to challenge us in our current day.
What’s your least favorite genre to write/read in and why?
I can’t write fantasy. I get lost in world-building and just never get off the ground. Also, I don’t really enjoy reading sci-fi that much.
Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what?
I have a music soundtrack for every story. It’s always different, because that’s how I connect to the story. It’s like a shortcut to my story world. Right now, I’m listening to a lot of acoustic covers of 80s songs.
What’s the inspiration behind your books?
It’s always different. For Infamous, I wondered what the life of a person famous for being famous, or, worse, famous for something scandalous, might be like. Her family and Sawyer took shape after Justine did. In Sawyer’s case, I wondered how it would affect someone to overcome a horrible upbringing in every way except the one that mattered most—emotionally.
I guess you could say the characters are my inspiration.
If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?
In Infamous, Justine’s parents had their own scenes that were part of a subplot. The subplot is still there, but my editor suggested (and I agreed) that the story would be stronger if we stuck to Justine and Sawyer’s viewpoints. Sometimes, I miss those scenes because, other than being distracting from the main plot, they were good scenes.
I’m not sure I would change it, but I still hate that I gave those scenes up, sometimes.
Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?
Whatever I’m doing at the moment—plotting, writing, editing, or marketing—is the most challenging thing. My friend and I agree on this. Each part is hard in its own way and makes you miss the next part. I would say, for me, marketing is objectively the most difficult, because I’m terribly shy and marketing is all about putting your personality “out there.”
Who are your cover designers?
RJ Morris designed the cover for Infamous.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
For sure, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Crusie. Their books are funny, but deep, heartrending, and complex all at once.
What is your take on fanfiction?
My daughters write and read fanfiction, so I personally see it as the ultimate compliment from readers. I wouldn’t be at all insulted if there was fanfiction of my story.
What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?
Never, ever give up. If you look at your writing, and you have enough talent to realize it’s bad, then you should keep going. You can always get better, but not if you give up.
Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about?
I’m an avid video gamer. I love The Legend of Zelda. Three generations of my family gather around the game system when a new one comes out and we all work together to beat it. It’s a great time. My daughter recently got a triforce tattoo on her wrist. It’s a huge part of our shared history.
Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.
I’m all over social media. Like, everywhere.
My book, Infamous, can be bought just about anywhere online.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us!!!