A Midwesterner transplanted in Central Texas, W.J. Smith lives with her husband, two rambunctious cats, and an always angry love bird. When not writing, she attempts to bake, loves to read, dabbles in photography, and is envious of anyone with musical talent.
What is your writing process?
Usually, my stories start out in a note book or some kind of scratch pad. I have writing pads stashed everywhere in my apartment, truck, and husband's car. The telling starts out very "bare bones" at first. It probably looks like some kind of secret, messed up code to anyone whom might stumble across it. I used to work on several stories at once. Now I'm finding myself having to clear all WiPs off my desktop before I'm able to let them take shape as actual manuscripts on my laptop. As long as I don't get mad at my characters or my inner-editor, I can keep rolling with a story. Other times, I could use a good kick.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read (novel size) was "Spook the Mustang". It was a book given to my by my mother. I think the main impact from that particular book was that it was the first one I was able to have a "book club" for. It was just Mom and me, but it was fun.
I'm not certain of the title of the book that I most remember leaving an impression on me. It was of the Black Stallion series. I would stay up as late as I could reading it. The telling was perfect. I remember smelling the sand and the sweat as they wandered through the desert.
It has been nearly a year since Madison and Skyler married and moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Worlds away from Chicago, Morgan, and all his goons, perhaps it is time for them to find happiness. Yet, for two run-a-way miscreants, what kind of happiness can they expect? This story takes place after Where to Belong
When not only her way of life, but also the life of her dearest friend is threatened by an old associate, will it be enough for Madison, an ex-con artist, to continue as a law abiding citizen, or will she be forced back into the line of work that claimed the love of her life?