1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? Part of what influenced me to start writing was when I had gotten my Kindle. I loved the books I was reading and I’ve always liked to write, but seeing these authors self publish their books gave me the inspiration to pen my first book.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
A usual writing day starts when I put my kids to bed. I get nice and cozy in my bed, set my laptop onto my lap, and put on my dedicated music playlist to get me in the mood.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?:I do get writers block and it’s so hard to get over it! What’s helped me is just taking a few weeks break to just relax and get away from the story before going back to it.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?:I tend to be a plotter more so. But whether I follow the plot I wrote or not is another story. I try to stick with it, but other times I drift off of it.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published?:I am self-published. But my first book “Straight from the Heart” has been picked up by the publishing company Booktrope so now I am traditionally published.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?:It’s a bit longer to get your work out to the public but well worth it. I think so far it has been a great process and the people I have worked with have been fantastic! My advice to aspiring authors is to never stop writing and marketing yourself!
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?:Going to signings and people recognizing my books and who I am!
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? Sure! My most recent book was “Don’t Break My Heart,” which was published in February. It’s the third book in my Straight from the Heart Series, and tells the story of Lucy and Paul (Pauly,) who are band mates. There is a cameo from Cale and Bryn (who are the MC’s in book one and two.) The targeted audience is from 18-40 years old, which seems quite broad, but I’ve taken into account co-workers, etc, who were older and have read my book.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.):My tip would be to join book clubs on Facebook, and to contact blogs to see if they will advertise your author page for a day, or to do an author takeover. Takeovers can be a great way to gain new followers.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? It depends on the book. My first book took about 5 months or so to write, my second only 3 months, and my third one about 4 months.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. :I had a lot of input! I got them off of a website and I had found the designer and loved the covers she had done, so my first three books were done by her. I didn’t ask her to change much about them.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?:I like to read, watch movies with my daughters, and spend time with them whenever I’m out of work.