What’s one location you’d love to go to research for a story?
Alaska. I’ve always wanted to visit there and I think it would be awesome to be able to actually set a story there.
What's your favorite room in your house? Do you plot or write there?
Probably my sewing room, and no, not yet. I’m thinking that I might set it up as a combo sewing/writing room here in the near future.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I actually did write one about a time in my life. I ficitionalized it, but nearly all the characters are based on people in my real life who helped me through a tough time. It’s called Life After Loss. I’m currently thinking of revising it and self-pubbing it.
If you had to only work on one project for the next year... what would it be?
I really want to start working on a Sci-Fi story that I have planned out, but I just haven’t had the time with all my other projects. IF all my other projects were done and I could focus on one single story, that would be the one.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Depends on the character. Some of them like to throw major twists at me, some of them like the more straight forward approach.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Staying focused. The only story I’ve managed to write lately, without stopping, was Wide Open Spaces.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
A couple of them actually, but I haven’t submitted them anywhere yet, either. I’m working on revising them. I think the top one here would be Joined by Blood. It’s a vampire novel that I am actually pretty proud of. I’m hoping to have it revised and submitted to publishers in the very near future.
What do you think makes up a good book?
It depends on the book. Some books that I think are great is because I really felt like I could connect to the characters and I cared about what happened to them. Other books I find great because I just got sucked into the story, the writing was just that good. Regardless of any other aspect though, I think it’s just gotta be a book that really draws the reader in and keeps them reading. One of those books that you start and can’t put down until it’s finished.
Did the characters or the plot come to you first?
They kind of came to me together. Outside of their names, I wrote the characters into the plot. They’re backgrounds are a major part of the plot and so I couldn’t have had one without the other.
How long did it take you to write this story?
2 weeks, and no, I’m not kidding. I got the idea and I just couldn’t stop working on it. I had it written, beta’d, edited, revised, and submitted within two weeks. I couldn’t believe how well this story went and I just wish I could stay that focused on my other stories.
What sort of coffee would your characters order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?
My guys aren’t complicated when it comes to stuff like their coffee. I just can’t picture them ordering something complicated. The most they would do is cream and sugar, and even that is questionable.
What are your future projects?
I have a few of them. My current list includes 2 revisions, Joined by Blood and Rough Stock Wranglers. After that I have a couple of stories I’d like to expand and either submit or self-publish. And once all of that is done, I really want to try and write my Sci-Fi story.