Seeing the characters that are in my head come alive in the story is probably one of the most exciting things about writing. It can also become one of the most frustrating things. When I'm thinking of taking the story in one direction, sometimes they just won't go along with me and I've had to butcher more than one manuscript to make it work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans make it all worth while. Hearing from someone who actually read one of my books turns my stomach to jelly. I'm always worried that it won't be made welcome by the readers. Then when I get a positive review, it's like a shot of adrenalin and I'm on cloud nine for days.
What are you working on next?
As always, there are several manuscripts resting quietly in my computer. I work on one and reach a place where I need a change and then I work on a different one for awhile. I never know which one will conclude next until it begins falling into place and flowing out of the keyboard. I can tell you this, it'll be a romance, there will be a strong cowboy hero and there will be horses and livestock. Okay, there will also be a happy ending.
Who are your favorite authors?
I guess Janet Dailey would top the list. She was awesome. I like Nina Bruhns, Linda Warren, Ann Roth, Gayle Wilson, Paula Graves, Becky Barker and the list goes on and on. I read a lot.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually either enter the author's name at the site or the title of a book I've already read. Then I scan down and look at similar books that are available. I also listen when a friend recommends a title for me. You just can't beat word-of-mouth recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, but I promise you, it was about a horse and I would have been in elementary school at the time.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, romance and occasionally a mystery, just for a change of pace.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle HDX that my husband gave me for Christmas last year. It replaced one of the original Kindles that I had used for years.
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in north-central Florida, in central Florida and then in north Florida. I have sand in my shoes and right now, make my home on a small acreage that once belonged to my grandfather. Growing up around livestock, riding and showing horses and having a working dog for a pet have all influenced my writing. My characters are rural people who inhabit the same world that I do.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember a time when I didn't write. It has always been a part of who I am. It gives me a chance to live more than one life at a time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next book is about a young woman who has lost confidence in herself, and when she regains it, she is afraid that loving someone will mean giving away the independence that she has fought so hard to get. Naturally there is a strong cowboy who is more than willing to help her learn that loving doesn't mean giving up who you are.
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