I'm not quite sure. I remember working on Return to Happy (a stand alone title to be released in 2017) and the idea just dropped into my lap. I wrote a semi- outline/ random thoughts within minutes and the words just kept coming. The more I wrote, the greater the flood, until I had to stop my other books and write Knot a Liar from that same day. From that point, I don't think I've ever suffered writer's block in drafting or editing this novel (my other WIPS are WIPs for a reason). This book started in August and already it had been drafted, edited, edited, edited and now published. Now, if only my other books came to me the same way as this one did, I'd be a happy camper. And writer.
What are you working on next?
A whole bunch of things. I'm working on the other books in Knotted Up Collection concurrently. So I'm in the editing stage for book 2- Knot my Enemy, working on the covers for books 3 (Knot my Choice) and 4 (Knot Her Heart) while finishing book 5 (Knot a Mistake). So in this moment, only book 6 (not yet titled), although already outlined, is yet to be started on. That will change once Knot my Enemy has been published because by then I'll have more time to get started.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote is stuck somewhere in the bottom of a drawer. It was to chronicle events in which I think my family is being shortchanged with me as a wife and mother. I quickly put that one to rest when I realized I was coming up with too many past events. Though thinking about it now, I'm going to take the plunge and finish it.
What is your writing process?
Ha ha. Now, this I find hilarious. I have none. If I had a 'writing process', all my WIPs would've already been completed. My muse, the lazy bum she is, shows up for work when it pleases her and skips out on me more times than I wish to admit to. I'm currently looking to hire another. Any recommendations? Or loans?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The very first? No! I've read way too many to recall the one that broke me in. However, I do recall, the first story that made a big impact on my life. A Woman Named Damaris by Janette Oke is the one I remember making that impact during my teenage years when I was unsure about a lot of things. The messages about love, faith, hardship and acceptance have been imprinted from the moment I picked up the book until now. This is a novel I'd recommend to anyone, especially teen girls, but really anyone who wants to slink away a few hours and remind themselves that sometimes we are better off than we think we are.
How do you approach cover design?
Simple. I search for pictures I can modify through Creative Commons (for commercial use) and download. I then play around with fonts, colours and resizing or editing until I'm satisfied with the finished product. This process, however, can last anywhere from a day to a month and is totally dependent on whether I have the right graphic to begin with.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Not so much my favourite books as my favourite series: 1. The Consequences of Loving Colton and it's spin-offs by Rachel Van Dyken 2. The Hunger Games 3. Twilight Series (yes, it's a guilty pleasure) 4. All the wolf novels (supernatural romances) by Olga on wattpad 5. The Harry Potter Series
As you can see I need to find something new to start as I tend to read a series at a time since I am a fast reader. Once I find a book that I really enjoy, I continue with the series to complete that world. I hate not finishing anything. That would be like a worst nightmare for me to read 4 of 5 books in a series, for example and not know how the story ended. The stories above, while mostly set in supernatural worlds, provide an easy escape for me which allows me to sink and forget the world for a while.
What do you read for pleasure?
As previously semi-answered: supernatural romance novels. More specifically, wolf based (not so much vampire based) supernatural novels. I think that started with the Twilight series. Sometimes, I'm like a junkie on wattpad who binge reads up to 10 stories (most of them novel length) in a week. I'm not seeking help for that addiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone or tablet. But mostly my phone. It's small enough to go anywhere with me (and I do take it everywhere) and the battery lasts for hours at a time where I don't worry about not finishing a story.
Describe your desk
Messy. Full of junk (scratch notes). Being slowly overrun by my daughter (she thinks I don't notice).
Essentially, it needs a good cleaning but I'm afraid that I might discard a piece of paper with a million dollar idea on it (yes, I know, that's only in my dreams).
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing, poetry mostly, in primary school (elementary for US folks). I was rather surprised I started so young and the pieces are all neatly compiled in notebooks with pretty good handwriting. Mind you most of them sucks but I don't think I'll ever get rid of them. Now if only such meticulous behaviour followed me throughout adulthood, my desk wouldn't look like a packrat's area.
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