Frequently asked questions
A common adage among writers is that you write what you know. My background is as a reporter, so I enjoy starting from reality before sinking into a world of fantasy. I like writing about places I’ve visited and experiences from my life. That being said, I do have an active imagination and I’m a self-proclaimed dreamer. Therefore, my stories tend to start from a tiny idea before expanding into a larger plot. Then, as a character develops, their voice carries forth the story.
What is your writing process?
Deadlines are good in my writing world. They place just enough of a fire under my ass to produce results. As well, I’m more of a night owl with my writing. Words seem to flow most easily between 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; an old habit from my university days. Still, once my story gets going (at any time of day or night), I’ve been known to ignore the world around me as I finish a thought, scene, or story. Sometimes to the complaint of my family, I can write for hours without hesitation.
What do you do when writer’s block strikes?
Every writer faces writer’s block, and when my creativity isn’t cooperating, with any luck, my muse is kind and words return quickly. When I get stuck on a story, I tend to work through a lot of story issues as I am lying in bed. When I wake up in the morning and when I go to bed at night, I like to consider the direction of my story in the quiet of my bedroom. The house is peaceful and my mind wanders in and out of scenes that play out on my ceiling. When the solution pops into my mind, I always keep a notebook next to the bed to write it down. Never go to sleep thinking you’ll remember the idea the next morning.
How many more books will there be in the Sultry Tides series?
You’ll just have to wait and see. More are on the way.
If you have any other questions, ask them in the comments below.