You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.
I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting with a group of friends or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed me. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.
I’ve been filling up my days and staying busy. While I keep tormenting my druid knight, I’m outlining a new series. The working title is the River of Time. It’s about an elite technology security officer, whose job is to eliminate time travelers, but he falls in love with a time traveling art appraiser and has to choose between his duty and his one chance for a timeless love. I love this story line because it lets me stretch my contemporary voice while working in historic time periods. I think this is the best of both worlds.
For most of you, my contemporary side will be a surprise. Here are five other things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I filled up my passport in one year.
I worked for a large financial institution, way before webinars and Skype. As a product manager I visited with clients and potential clients. All my clients were overseas. My sales support program took me to almost every European country (sorry not Liechtenstein) as well as a good many in Asia and South America. Have I got some great travel stories!
2. I have a medieval romance story about the seven sons of a seventh son.
Only one book is finished, and published. The Guardian’s Witch. The others are in various draft stages. The heroine of The Guardian’s Witch was born with veil over her face, a caul. Throughout history, caul bearers are believed to have a special purpose—to serve mankind, guide people to understand themselves and the world within which they live. Many cultures believe this makes the child “King by right” with special powers ranging from leadership abilities to natural healers and having greater insight. I was born with caul. I’m still trying to figure out my power.
3. I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
I was a guest reader at my son’s first grade class (he’s out of college and on his own now). I rapped the book while my son was my boom box. We had a great time.
4. When I cook I dance.
Our kitchen isn’t large but ever since Paul (my DH) and took ballroom dance lessons I practice between the fridge, the stove, and the table. Caution, don’t twirl or dip while carrying dinner to the table. Ouch!
5. My Sudoku book is in the bathroom.
I’m not saying anything else about that.
What inspires you to write?
Stories pop into my head and just have to get them down on paper. Sometimes it’s a situation, a place or even the characters that drive me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started out a pantser but have found that if I outline the stories, bullet points nothing deep, the structure prevents me from getting lost or taking wrong turns. I still take side trips, but they’re more productive. I can tied them back to the plot and/or character. I consider myself of plotser, a little bit plotting and a little bit pantsing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think a good writer is both a good listener (to their characters) and talker. I wrote a story and about two-thirds of the way through my secondary character told me he was a twin. I had to go back and make some adjustments. I really had wished he’d told me earlier!
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Sometimes the hardest time to write is when you’ve finished a story. Regroup, re-introduce yourself to the your family and the laundry. It’s a great time to refuel and read some of your favorite authors. But don’t wait too long. Sit down and get the next book started.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first two books were traditionally published. When my publisher didn’t want a follow-up to my book, they didn’t think there was a market for medieval romances, I decide to self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be traditional publishers but as more and more ‘A’ list authors publish their own books self-published will be more accepted. I do think the publisher that markets for their authors, their new authors, will have the winning formula.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print