Q. What inspires your writing?
A. Nothing outside of me really inspires my writing. My stories seem to be conceived immaculately. It’s like a seed is planted within me and it starts to grow into a story. And then the characters emerge and the plot twists take root. It takes over my entire being and it’s all I think about—giving birth to the story. Sometimes I wonder if I have tapped into a past life or another dimension because the stories seem so real to me.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. Having the ability to create other worlds. It’s such an amazing thing. You get this idea, you flesh it out, you create people, and their environment. You’re in charge of their destiny. You control the people and the world they live in. It’s a real high. Then when you’re done, you share these worlds with others and if you’re lucky they embrace what you have created.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Getting your work to the masses and the rejection you have to endure while doing so. The publishing industry is so competitive now and everyone is writing. Everyone has a book. Agents, publishers, and reviewers are inundated. So as a writer you have to go above and beyond to get noticed, to get your story exposure. You have to have a heart of steel and a ton of tenacity to survive.
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I couldn’t imagine doing anything other than writing.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. The Write to Happyness.
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Zora Banks in Terry McMillian’s Disappearing Acts.
Q. What character from all of your books are you most like?
A. Cassandra Harte of my Cass and Nick series.
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young.
Q. What do you want to be remembered for 100 years from now?
A. A heart for those less fortunate, my crazy laugh, and my indefatigable drive to succeed.
Q. What is your favorite season?
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. My favorite book cover is the cover for Missing Melissa. I chose the cover after I had written the book. Red is a running theme in the book and Melissa’s favorite color. Also, the photo of the beautiful young woman in red peering into a mirror speaks to the twin theme. I couldn’t have found a more perfect cover.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. I haven’t gone on tour for the book yet.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Not at this time. I am deeply involved in promoting Missing Melissa.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. Thank you so much for taking time to read this interview. I hope you get a chance to pick up a copy ofMissing Melissa. It won’t disappoint.