Interestingly, I never considered I'd be a writer. As a child I loved to read (I devoured romance novels from the moment I discovered them), but it NEVER occurred to me that I could write one myself. My first book came to me in a dream (so cliché, right?). But it was an idea that wouldn't go away so I thought, maybe I could…
What's the story behind your latest book?
That very dream that started my writing journey! It was a beautiful dream — there were moving scenes of a boy who never came of age like every one of his kind has. It was a dream about a girl who has wounds of her own (and totally underestimates her potential) and their instantaneous connection. A connection powerful enough to spark Noah's change, and to challenge Eden's beliefs. It had to be written, which meant I had to go learn how to write…
What's a few things we would find on your desk?
Lots of dust ;) When you work during the day and write every spare minute it tends to accumulate! Luckily, I'm far more a laptop-on-my-lap kinda gal. I do have a stack of folders and notebooks with all the wisps of paper that I write my bursts of inspiration on (almost always arriving at 3 am). I also have a row of my 'how-to' books lined up for quick reference. If I get stuck on a plot point they're the first place I head to.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Now this is going to be hard to name just one… I write to create a book I would love to read. I write to share stories of love that changes lives. I write so people can lose themselves in stories of human resilience and personal growth. But if my arm is being twisted and I have to choose just one it would to connect with others; I love hearing from readers when my stories have touched them, but I also write my blog PsychWriter to share my knowledge with other writers. Connections are what sustain us humans, so I love that writing can foster that, and it motivates me every day.
What do your fans mean to you?
A writer wouldn't exist without readers. If we were writing for ourselves our manuscripts would happily inhabit our computers. But we write to touch the people that take the time to read our words. So, in a nutshell, they're everything!
What are you working on next?
I’m glad you asked ;) I’ve just completed a young adult contemporary romance called Make it Count – it’s about a girl who can see the one thing no one wants to see, because when Casey touches another person she sees the number of days they have left to live. Understandably, Casey fakes a phobia to avoid human contact…but this resolve is sorely tested by hot, persistent, motorcycle riding PJ…I can’t wait to share it with readers later in 2017!
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