1) Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Brice came about when I wondered what the world might be like with supernatural integrated as part of the society, not as creatures of the night or secrets. I thought about all the discontent in society with the differences in cultures and I wanted a world where the “melting pot” allowed for surprises. Then I loved the idea of humanity being necessary for the life of our planet. And last, I wanted a Happily Ever After of equals, though at first glance, A Polar Bear and a Volcanic Rabbit…
2) What are you currently working on?
A little bit of everything. The next book in the Fate-Match universe…Hank is finding commitment hard to avoid. A couple of Science-Fiction romances with strong women and the out-world men they love. And certainly not least, I love the cozy-ish mystery. I am just not sure what will hit the streets first, we will just have to wait and see.
3) Do you Believe in “writer’s block”?
I believe in “Writer Distraction”. A busy life can be very distracting.
To get back on track I do it all:
- I read a lot, fiction of all kinds, though I gravitate towards urban fantasy/romance.
- The books I have found most helpful Craft books.
- Impasse for a fight scene, I read writing fight scene books.
- Trying to develop a religion for an unknown world, I read worldbuilding books.
- I read other writers’ advice blogs
- I take online writing classes that cover specialize subjects: history, marketing, plotting, editing, dialogue, science fiction, romance, and the list goes on.
4) What are a couple of your favorite stories?
Poul Anderson’s “Operation Chaos”
Anne McCaffrey’s “Dragonriders of Pern” Series
5) If you could tell your younger-writing-self anything, what would it be?
Do not wait to finish your stories. Not finishing my stories at a young age became the hardest habit I am still trying to break.
6) What is the best thing about being a writer?
Creating, writing, and sharing stories.
7) What is your advice for aspiring writers?
As a new writer myself, I have read advice from other writer’s blogs.
As a self-publishing author, I suggest having more than one book almost ready. Multiple books ready will give you a chance to release books on a timely schedule.
I have also found that it is important to make a writing environment where you can be comfortable in for hours. Just do not forget to stretch your legs intermittently.
8) What comes first, the plot or characters?
In most cases, I am a character-based “What If” writer.
What if – supernatural humans were part of our everyday world and the earth thrived on the magic of human happiness.
What if – she spent her whole life under a microscope because of her childhood illness and her first step outside the protection a dead body lays at her feet.
What if – He did not want to inherit the mantle of the Empire.
What if – the young girl discovered her invisible friend was a live pastel pink dragon.
Once I have the what if, I end up with the Who, then the
9) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Professional editing – I know most of us, self-publishing authors, it is a struggle in the beginning and one of the reasons I do not produce quickly. Professional editing makes a huge difference.
Professional Cover design – packaging is everything.
10) How do you get inspired to write?
- Everything inspires.
- Some of the stories I am working on now I developed while in the real world, jotting them down in a small notebook I kept on me… (now some digital notes on my phone).
- Conversations with family and friends.
- Things I read on the internet.
- Causal observances.