Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am from a small town in Northeast Ohio. Basically it’s cows and corn. Not that I would have it any other way.
I’m married with three wonderful furbabies – two Australian Cattle Dogs, and a cat that I found my senior year of high school. I love film and studied it in college – along with writing, theatre, and history – with the intention of breaking into both directing and writing. Hollywood may not have happened, but I’m still writing which is half of that accomplished.
I am a history nerd. I enjoy all things space related. I have an addiction to loose-leaf tea and I do not apologize for it. I can often be found dancing around the house to music while doing chores. I’m a big gamer – I met my husband at a Halo LAN party. I’m very much involved in fandom. Really, I’m just a plain, all around geek.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
It began with the idea that Person A was shot and Person B, a cop, saved their life. That was literally the only starting part. From there it grew and changed, morphing into what it is today.
One Bullet follows Ethan Brant, a former police officer with PTSD after being shot. Detective Shawn Greyson, who saved his life that night, is a support system that Ethan desperately needs. Along with a host of friends and family, the guys take a journey of healing and finding love.
How do you create your characters?
Is it sad to say I don’t really know? It’s a strange concept to non-writers, but these characters really do write themselves. I provide a very basic idea of characterization and then I just let them tell me who they are.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I find inspiration literally everywhere – music, film, TV, other books, the people around me. I started writing back in middle school because I had stories in my head. I wanted to tell those stories and so I did. The rest is kind of history.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Usually I write in my big comfy chair in the living room or out on the porch. Occasionally, I might hide out at the library or a cafe when I just need to get out. I can’t work with a ton of distraction, but at the same time I like some type of background activity – be it music or the TV on or just the happenings of nature. It’s a very delicate balance. And, of course, the tea addict that I am, I love to have a nice cup of tea while I’m writing.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Ideas for me can come from anywhere. I could be listening to a song, see something on TV, read something, or be people watching, and something sparks. I really can never tell when a new idea will hit me, which is why I have a document just for all the random ideas I have.
What do you like to read?
My first love will always be paranormal – particularly vampires and werewolves. I was obsessed with them long before the Twilight craze that made it “mainstream.” That said, I also have a love for historicals and military themes, and have started to explore sci-fi and fantasy more. And if any of those can sprinkle some paranormal theme or other on top? Well, all the better.
What would your advice be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Just write. It seems pretty simple but that’s the best thing to do in my opinion. Yeah, you can take writing courses in high school and college – which are a huge help on the technical aspects of writing and can certainly help you develop your writing voice. But, you won’t get anywhere unless you just keep writing. You don’t have to show anything you write to anyone. Just the fact you are writing makes all the difference. You learn and grow by doing.