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When did you start writing?
Actually, I can't remember exactly when, but it was definitely in grammar school. My most clear memory if of my fourth grade teacher. She used to offer extra credit assignments, and would cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers, and staple them to a piece of loose-leaf paper. We could choose one to write a story about. I must have done close to 25 or 30 of them! I wrote my first complete novel in freshman year of high school. Long story behind that!
What makes writing your passion?
I've been an avid reader since I first learned around 5 years old. And I love words. When I would read books, I would think of ways to make a story better (never realizing then that I was editing in my head and turning it into a romance, every time! lol) Even in my former corporate marketing life, I was always looking for ways to make the product info pop (without the romance, of course!). Bottom line, words are my thing!
How long have you been writing?
As mentioned previously, seemingly my whole life. But as for seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction, I started back in the early 1990's. I played around with fan fiction for years, never realizing back then that was what it was called. But after a while, my own original characters started poking at me and I had to heed the call!
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Ecstatic! Validated! Motivated!
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
There's a story behind every one of my characters – and I'm not sure I can remember where they all originally came from! :D But TV shows, movies and books, and even song lyrics, that sparked my imagination inspired many of my characters.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
First things first - grow a thick skin! Because the best a new author can do is to find a writer's group, one that is composed mostly of authors of your genre choice. Soak up all the info available and accept honest critiques (not necessarily criticism - there is a difference) and be willing to learn.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Here's the flash drive with all the books! Save it! :D
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I do, and I love to see when readers like my stories and characters. Bad reviews sting, of course, but I tend to let them roll off and not dwell on them.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Thrilled, of course!
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Nah, not so much. My personal life is not conducive to romance fiction. In fact, sometimes, it can be likened to a horror story! lol
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I don't think any one specific character is based on me, but most of them have at least a few of my traits. Or ones I wished I had.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Close, actually. It's definitely critical to attracting readers.The cover, IMO, should give a pretty good sense of the characters and the story, an enticement to the readers.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I love to engage with my readers – chat, email, FB and Twitter messages. I can't always keep up, but I try my best.