I suffer from deep-seated control issues and the thought of someone drastically altering my stories makes me ill.
What is your writing process?
I have a general idea. For example, in Take A Stand, I had the idea of Christian persecution in the United States. Emma existed before any other characters and then Sean came along and took over the story. I'll see scenes in my head and I work to link them together. I have a general idea of how the story will go but all three that I've written so far (and the final one in the trilogy) have gone in different directions than originally planned.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I sit on my bed with the laptop on a wooden board so the fan can keep it cool. A folder is usually nearby with any notes from scenes in my head or things I need to check. One cat often will sit in my lap. I get up periodically when I've lost feeling in my legs.
When did you first start writing?
It had to be sometime before kindergarten, as I recall already knowing how to write my name before I entered that establishment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the scene in my head down onto paper where it can be shared.
How do you approach cover design?
I say to my husband, "Oh, honey, it's done. I need a cover." He has done a fabulous job making what I want with limited guidance.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having someone tell me they enjoyed my novel and want to discuss aspects of it, as if the characters are real, is a gigantic thrill.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a husband, two daughters, a widowed mother, a dog, two cats, a bird, a frog and some fish - need I say more? Plus I enjoy reading, movies, and video games.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I usually have to go to the bathroom. I stay out of bed then because my brain clicks in on my "to do" list. I'm very task-oriented.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing up a draft of the final part of the Challenge trilogy - Fight The Good Fight. Then my next project is For The Love Of Money - it is partially written. After that, I hope to write a mystery - but who knows.
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