My contact info
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. I lived for almost 20 years in the Pittsburgh area but have since returned to Arizona. I reside in the desert north of Phoenix with my husband and two daughters, ages 16 and 14. Our two sons are both out of the house. I’ve been writing since I was very young, but didn’t pursue publishing until I was a stay-at-home mom many years ago. I studied engineering in college, but writing suits me better.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
My current release, Into The Land Of Shadows, was first written about nine years ago under the title Her Touch. I’d received some feedback from an editor at Harlequin and I was trying to craft a story for them. It didn’t really seem to work though, since paranormal elements soon surfaced. Stumped, I let the story sit while I worked on other projects. Recently, I dusted the manuscript off, and decided to rewrite it. I liked the characters and their interplay, but the plot needed a major overhaul.
How do you create your characters?
It takes several passes through a story to get them right. The initial pass, during the rough draft, is generally an intuitive feel. After that, I work hard to differentiate them, give them a background, try to understand what they’re afraid of, what makes them tick.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
I’ve always been compelled to write. And since my mother was such a big reader when I was young, I immersed myself in books that she read. A lot of Mary Stewart and King Arthur, science fiction and fantasy. It really sparked my imagination.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write at my desk on my computer. I can’t really write anywhere else otherwise I feel disorganized. I drink a lot of hot tea and sometimes I listen to my Ipod, but music can sometimes distract me too much.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Usually the initial idea for a story, and the overall theme, just come to me. The remainder of the story I work out through research and actually writing. Taking an idea from your head to paper always changes it, so it’s important to get it out. Usually, in the beginning, that’s a messy and sometimes depressing endeavor (because you realize how it’s NOT working). But from there, the real work can begin.
What do you like to read?
In addition to non-fiction books used for research, I read mostly romance and adventure books. Last year I was thrilled to have the opportunity to become a book reviewer for Women’s Adventure magazine. In addition to getting some great freebies, I’ve read fantastic accounts of real-life women adventurers.
What would your advice be for authors or aspiring authors in regards to writing?
To simply begin. There will be much to learn along the way, and you won’t “get it” unless you’re in the trenches, working with words and plot and story structure. But there’s no right way to go about it. Just find “your” way. Be authentic. Pay attention. Be professional.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for having me! I appreciate the chance to chat.