Q&A

How did you find yourself writing a book? What’s the story behind your career? I’ve always loved writing, even as a teen, but then life happened. I got married had kids and left writing in the background, except for my journals. Then after tragedy struck my family, I started writing as therapy to cope. Several years ago, a dear friend told me about NanoWrimo and we both participated and that’s how my first novel was born.

Do you describe yourself as an author? I think of myself as a writer with a day job. One day I will be a full-time writer. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to describe myself as a “successful” author.

What do you think of the writing world? Are you happy being part of it? Oh my gosh yes! I’ve never met a group of people more willing to help. Sure, I’ve known a couple that are afraid to help for fear it will infringe on their success, but the majority are the greatest people I’ve ever known. You would think that in a field where there’s so much competition that everyone would be selfish with information, but they’re not.

What makes your subject interesting? If by subject you mean my main character, then what makes her interesting is that she is so relatable and down to earth. She could be your sister, your neighbor, or you. She’s a writer (go figure!) and she gets pulled into a situation that could happen to anyone. She could have let it defeat her, but she fights back and demands to find the truth.

What makes you an interesting author? Aren’t all authors interesting? I view the world in a different way. I see situations and wonder “what if” this happens or that happens. Serial killers interest me. I want to know what makes them tick. I have a curiosity about people. Listening to conversations and watching people are my favorite pastimes, besides reading and writing.

How many times have you wished you’d started writing earlier? Everyday. That is my one regret that I didn’t continue writing even after I got married and had kids. I don’t regret having a family, but I regret not doing something that was important to me, even if it was just a few minutes a day.

Who are your favourite authors? I have too many favorites to name them all. But here are a few: Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series, J.D. Robb and her In Death series, Stephen King, John Grisham, David Baldacci, John Steinbeck, Andy Weir, Joe Hill, Dean Koontz, Lee Child, Stephen Hunter and…I could go on forever.

How much time do you spend writing? Not enough. I try to write a little each night, or at least do something related, like research, reading or taking notes on ideas.

What are you reading right now? I’m reading a fantastic story by Michael Lister titled Blood Sacrifice.

Do you have a set writing schedule? Not really. I do what I can when I can. I may squeeze in a few pages on my lunch hour or I may write late at night, or on the weekends between laundry and grocery shopping.

What’s the biggest hurdle to getting words on the page and how do you overcome it? The biggest hurdle is discipline and the internet. I sit down at my desk to write and instead find myself browsing Facebook, or emails or the latest sales on Amazon.

If you could work with any author who would it be? I think it would be thrilling to work with Michael Connelly, maybe Harry Bosch and Mara could join forces to solve a mysterious murder.