I've been writing since I was old enough to write. I recall around the second or third grade, having to use my spelling words in a sentence. My weekly sentences wrote a story. My teacher (and my mother) was so impressed by this that I was delighted to find a new way to expand my horizons and use my talent. I used my allowance to buy composition notebooks from the drug store and filled them with short stories and poetry. I took every Creative Writing class allowed, devoured my English courses and wrote for the school newspaper. I won several writing contests as well as a scholarship for my writing.
In college, textbooks, papers and essays replaced writing and reading for pleasure. I took a long break from the world of creative writing but one day, post college graduation, I was in a bookstore and I happened upon a LaVyrle Spencer book. The back copy looked interesting to me. I gobbled it up in a day and went back for more. She's one of the few authors I've read that I can say I've read their entire backlist. She awakened my love for reading.
In 2009, a friend of mine wrote a short story and I adored it. More than that, she made me wonder if I could do that again? I could. And I've been doing it ever since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Anonymous began as a spark to write a holiday story that wasn't a mushy smushy romantic Christmas story. I wanted my hero to encounter someone spicy and mysterious, someone that wouldn't simply fall all over him. The more I thought about it, the deeper the story went. I had a lot of fun with it. I submitted it to a holiday anthology but it was not selected, so I decided to publish it myself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm intrigued by the amount of control and depth of the indie author track. My stories are my babies and, for right now, I want to learn about the process and control my own fate. I may investigate and choose traditional publishing at a later date, however I am enjoying the discovery process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a world with only words. I'm always amazed when writers point out something I hadn't intended to show. It tells me that the characters, the dialog, the setting, every element has a job, even when you don't think it's working.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently editing/rewriting/fussing over my debut novel, Brunch at Ruby's, a women's fiction novel about three women who have been friends from childhood. One is suffering through the demise of her marriage, one is on a constant quest for Mr. Right and one is struggling to take care of her ailing father.
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