Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my interview with Romance Reviews Today. It offers an inside look at my writing process. Enjoy!
On Valentine's Day I'll be posting hot excerpts on the Amber Quill Press Yahoo Group and giving away a PDF of my wrestling romance, A Perfect Match. More details are on the loop here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amberheatreaders
And on Feb. 16th, I'll be a guest blogger on Shannon Leigh's blog: http://authorshannonleigh.blogspot.com/
I hope you'll check them out! And now, for the interview!
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A. I’ve always been writing stories. When I was in high school I wrote short stories and plays for fun and I took a lot of creative writing classes. After college I took a series of Commercial Writing courses and learned a lot. The classes were great experiences because I received a lot of helpful advice and feedback.
Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
A: I’m always thinking of new ideas for stories. I have entire folders of ideas just waiting to be developed. (I have more ideas for stories than I have time to write them!) I find ideas everywhere – while driving, watching people at the store, from overheard conversations… usually something catches my attention and I let my mind wander, to see where the ideas take me.
For example, my 2008 release, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, came about because I wanted to write a story about a vampire who falls in love – at the beach!
Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I have two quirks. One is that I write in several genres, including romance and horror. Some people can’t quite understand how I’m able to write romances one minute, then create spooky horror stories the next. (I like to think that one half of my brain writes the horror and the other half writes the romance.) I’ve also written dozens of sci fi stories and four non-fiction books, so I pretty much write everything.
My other quirk is that I write everything in longhand. Every short story and novel all start out on paper, then I revise and edit them as I type them up.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: I thought I knew all about my characters before I started writing ThePauper Prince and A Midsummer Night’sDelights – but I was wrong! One thing I learned while writing those stories was that characters can surprise you and take the story in a different direction. I outline my books and stories before I start writing them, so I was surprised to discover a different (bisexual) side to both Prince Allan in The Pauper Prince and Julian in A Midsummer Night’s Delights. Another thing I learned was that I had to turn off my “internal editor” when it came to writing some of the more detailed same-gender love scenes in each book.
Q:What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
A: I’ve been reading since I was very young, so I’d have to say that every book I’ve read has influenced me in some way. Some authors are great examples of voice, mood, or tone, while others are excellent with details, plot, or characters. I think the more you read (in any genre) the more you learn what works in a story and what doesn’t.
Q:What does your family think about your career as a published author?
A: My family is very supportive. My husband loves reading my romances and I have a few close friends who give me feedback and suggestions on rough drafts.
Q: Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you, writing-wise?
I’m working on a few new romances (a paranormal and a historical romance/mystery) plus revising a few horror stories. In August, I have a full-length historical The Witch & the Warrior set for release from Medallion Press.
Until Next Time,