1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I had a very secluded childhood, with no friends and lots of books. We also did not watch television. All I did was read and play outside. I started writing as soon as I was able to. My first published novel, The House Guest, was written when I was seventeen and released by Limitless Publishing this past year. I was born to write.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I work at home as a full-time editorial freelancer, so I write in the evenings. Usually around five or six, when I am finished working for the day, I start writing for a couple of hours.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? For me, writers’ block is just my own apprehension, the little voice in the back of my head that tells me whatever I am writing is terrible. I simply choose not to listen to that voice. After all, if the writing really is terrible, I can always re-edit it and work through the usual five or six (or more) drafts before it is ready to submit to a publisher.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? I tend to do both. I like to have a nice balance!
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? Traditionally. I have a few novels in the works that I plan to submit to larger publishers, or even literary agents, in the future.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? My number one advice is to always be professional and patient. Always follow guidelines, and remember that the process may not be as fast as you want it to be. Patience is key. Some publishers work faster than others. As they say, slow and steady wins the race. Take the time needed to ensure your work is as perfect as it can possibly be. Remember: You are creating a product that you expect people to buy. Live up to the highest standards possible.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Knowing that every day, I grow and my writing grows with me. The harder I work at it, the more my writing will improve. Writing and publishing is hard work, but it is rewarding.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? When I Remember You is the last in a trilogy of novellas, and it will be released mid November by Limitless Publishing. My cover reveal is coming up on November 4! The trilogy is women’s fiction, with some romance, and the main character, Nina, is a young woman who is trying to come to terms with the trauma she has experienced in her life. It is loosely based on my own experiences. The trilogy began with When I Dream of You, was followed by When I Think of You, and the last book will bring Nina full circle as she continues on her journey to find herself. Readers are encouraged to get their FREE copy of When I Dream of You on Amazon, and of course, reviews are greatly appreciated.
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.) Social media is important these days. Build your marketing platform by ensuring you have a website and a solid social media presence. A blog is also recommended. If you don’t know where to start, check out what your favorite authors are doing for ideas.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? It truly depends on the book. I have written a book in as little as three months, but some books take me longer, especially if world-building is involved.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. Limitless Publishing is stellar when it comes to book covers. I can’t complain. Also, my other publishers, Pagan Writers Press and Sunshine Press, have done wonderful jobs with my covers.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I enjoy old movies, starring my favorite actors: Humphrey Bogart, Clarke Gable, Cary Grant, to name a few. I also enjoy old radio shows and TV programs. I like walking on the beach and reading.