I’m a book nerd turned writer who loves the ‘Happily Ever After’ mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books has brought me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series ‘The Reunion Series’ debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. My new series ‘The Sandy Cove Series’ will release in March 2014. The first book is entitled ‘Giving In’. I’m still an avid reader and huge Indie Author supporter!
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? What actually got me into writing was reading. I constantly read as a child and a teenager but when you start having a family sometimes things you did a lot of are put on the back burner and your concentration goes elsewhere as well as your time. I wouldn’t change it for the world though. I was reading upwards of three books a week after the 50 Shades phenom hit. T.V. for me didn’t exist. I was lost in the world of books and the more I read, the more I realized maybe I should give it a try. The idea for my first novel came to me when I was approaching my 20th High School Reunion. I wanted to write about long, lost loves being reunited at a reunion. That was when my Reunion series was born. I wrote every spare second I had. I began in July of 2012 and finished it in October of 2012.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I work part time. Mostly in the mornings with 2 days off . The days I have off, I drop the kids at school and sit at the desk for about 6 hours or so. When they get home from school, it’s back to mom duty, and once they are in bed i’m back at the desk. On the days I do work outside the house, I get a few hours in, but on those days it’s mostly at night.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I don’t think it’s normal to NOT experience writer’s block. How do I solve it? You don’t really solve it but you do things to help it. I watch either a favorite movie of mine that’s inspirational or read books that I already have read that I love for inspiration. It does work. One day it flows, the next sometimes it doesn’t.
It’s a crapshoot sometimes.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? I am a planner/plotter to a certain extent. I always plan out the names of my characters and their look, and their personalities. As far as the story line, it usually comes to me while I’m writing, although I will tell you that I usually think of the ending way before I finish my story, and I stick it in my notes.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advise to aspiring authors? I have had no problems with the publishing process. If you know what you are doing, then it’s not a problem. I have learned a lot over the past 2 years. I have taken the advice of other authors s well about their publishing do’s and don’ts and war stories about it all.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? There are so many, it’s hard to mention them all. The two that stand out the most are when I was bringing my son to his math tutor at another elementary school in our district, and the school secretary started to talk to me and the more we talked she suddenly jumped and said oh, my God, oh, my God, I know you! I red your book! You’re M.R. Joseph. That was an incredible feeling. The second was when I was invited to my very first books signing in California in July of 2013. When I was signing readers were coming up to me with copies of my book already purchased and actually want to take pictures with me and have me sign their books. It was euphoric. That’s the only way to describe it. Just euphoric and also humbling.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. My latest release, Giving In (The Sandy Cove Series Book 1) is in a new genre for me, Coming of Age. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of hot scenes but mostly it’s a book about growing as a person, blossoming into the person you are destined to be and about the person you are destined to be with. Accepting love and falling in love and learning how to allow love in your heart just when you think it can’t happen to you.
8.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I’m a wife and mom first and foremost. I love hanging with my crew. I have an 11 year old and an 8 year old. I’m very involved with their school as well as several community organizations. I enjoy hanging with my girlfriends whom i’ve been friends with for 25 plus years. I enjoy our girls get-a-ways, adventures, and going on date nights with my husband.
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.) Make friends! Make lots of friends! I also promote my books as often as possible. I do lots of give-aways and I am constantly telling my readers and the bloggers how much I appreciate them. My readers, for reading and reviewing and being behind me 100%. The bloggers and reviews? I’d be no where without them. They are such a support system. I am a loyal, loyal person who believes in not taking things for granted, to feel blessed with the friendships I have made and the opportunities I have been given. I’m grateful and there is also so much behind the theory that hard work really does pay off.
10.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about. I’m a very lucky girl that my husband, who is a graphic designer. designs my book covers. I have a vision, he gives me his opinion and then works his magic. We work as a team and we create it together. I think looking at a books cover speaks volumes. If you see a book cover that is just ‘eh’, it may not be appealing to me to want to read. That may sound silly, but I think a book cover says a lot.