Messy. Planner to the left, pen collection to the right. In the middle is a laptop that doesn't always like to turn on! On the wall are copious amounts of Post-it notes, all in different sizes and colors. I suppose one would call this my idea wall, or as I like to think of it: the place where I throw all my random ideas and pieces of information. My desk is the hub of my family life, my personal education, and any paperwork that comes into the house. Now that I'm looking at it, it could use some organizing.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I have had a love of blank books and pens since I can remember. I am, in fact, a pen nerd. I have certain pens that I do not let my children or friends borrow. (I am that person, yes.) I decided to write "Trailer Life" after many of my Facebook friends told me that I should write a book! It is a scary thing to write for others. What if they don't like it? What if they think I'm a total weirdo? I'm not sure I will consider myself a real writer, ever. It's kind of like me and running: I enjoy it, I'm not sure I'm super awesome at it, and I'm not sure when or if I will ever consider myself to be a "real runner."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California. Growing up in rural Kern County didn't really influence my writing, but keeping a journal did. I was given my first journal at the age of 8, and I kept one for...well, forever! I have burned most of them, because they were full of teenager angst that is just frankly embarrassing. My journal was like my therapy. But even in the context of being lame, writing about my day and what I thought taught me to take my time in thinking. In taught me to stay focused and organized. I am not one of those cool artist types who has this really creative looking journal: I am a list maker and linear and boring that way. Writing has never been a chore for me, and I have recently discovered it makes for a great hobby. It relaxes me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I moved into an RV with my husband and two small fries. We had two more small fries shortly after. When we moved into the trailer, I told myself that I could definitely "camp" for three years while we built the house. Well, three years turned into seven, and in that time we had so many crazy adventures. We still have adventures. My kids are still super strange. The house still isn't all the way complete. I went from something of a suburban dude to an official country girl. The learning curve can be steep.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author because I am a do-it-yourself kind of person. In other words, I basically don't trust anyone to do a job right and I may be a bit of a control freak. I did a lot of research on the topic, and if I have to do most of the marketing myself, I might as well just do the whole thing myself! Plus, since it is just a hobby, it seemed fitting to go indie. No pressure!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is entertaining others. Writing allows me to get the funny out of my head, and I love it when I can make someone laugh. I find writing to be therapeutic and allows me to be reflective as well.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on graduating from law school and taking the bar. After that is all finished and while I am setting up shop, I will likely write an informative book on Divorcing in California. I also have several short stories that I have started and never finished, due to the fact that I don't think I am a writer. I truly have that writer's agony of nothing being good enough. I may turn one of the stories into a novel. Right now it is called "Memory Care" and is about a lady with Alzheimer's who is reflecting on her life.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors, in no particular order, are: Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter, of course!), Kate Morton, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'll read almost anything though, unless it crosses my personal values of indecency and swearing. Then I just close it up and return it to the library, and try another book!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sending four children to school truly inspires me to get out of bed. I cherish a few hours of quiet time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Studying and eating peanut butter.
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