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When did you start writing?
In the fall of 2006.
What makes writing your passion?
I've always been a story teller and a daydreamer. One day I decided to write them down.
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Elated, over-the-moon ecstatic. You wait for that acceptance letter for so long that when it finally comes you jump up and down like you're a kid again.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I am passionate about creating strong woman protagonists. I made my career in a male dominated field and had to prove myself constantly. My characters live in that same world.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How much rejection you must endure before you finally find success.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I don't believe in writer's block. It's just an excuse for loss of inspiration. When you're not inspired the words don't come. You walk away until they do.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
Write what you love and success will come. Hire a great editor. I didn't get my work published until I did so. And take criticism seriously, don't be too sensitive, but remember it's your story and go with your gut when you're at a crossroad with your editor.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
You're a writer? Seriously? I thought you were a scientist. You should have started your writing career earlier.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I do, and I've incorporated some comments into improving my writing. Thankfully, I've never gotten a really bad one. Fingers crossed that it stays that way.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Pretty satisfying. Validating...all artists need that in order to combat the Imposter Syndrome...which plagues us all.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
All the time! Many people tell me they remember that exact scene because they were in it. You know the old adage? I'm a writer. Anything you do or say my be used in a story.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
All of them in some ways. Most people who know me say my characters sound just like me: A smart ass.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Almost...a book cover is your first impression. I heard a famous romance author once say that her original book covers were rather tame. She hired somebody to spice them up and sales went through the roof.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I connect mostly through my website/blog. But readers also contact me via email and I'm always happy to respond. It's great to hear how your story affected someone.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
I appreciate that they took the time to reach out. Connecting with the world is one of the main reasons people write. When you start out you're sort of writing into a void and you wonder if anyone will hear you. It's validating to know people do.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
That's a tough one. I love many genres: paranormal, crime thrillers, romance...my favorites are: Dean Koontz, Cherise Sinclair, Jodi Picoult, and John Grisham.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
That's a difficult question because it seems that many who become A-listers can't write anything new: the authors of Twilight, Harry Potter, and many other have published new works that were poorly received. I guess people like, Stephen King and James Patterson have endured, so maybe Stephen King.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
I would not. Each was vital to me at the time. I might feel differently in some ways after it's published but it was right at the time and should remain that way.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
Jodi Picoult. I love the way she writes about important teen issues. Her books always feel important.