What’s your favorite thing to do to relax? Read my favorite authors. I pre-order their books and eagerly anticipate the release.
If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself? Life gets better. You won’t always be a child.
For what are you grateful? For my children and my favorite auntie, my niece who is like my daughter, my brothers, and a wonderful extended family.
What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out? I’ll walk today. It’s a plan, anyway.
Now about you as an author…
What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult? Written by various authors, the Nancy Drew series was a favorite, and I read The Hardy Boys as well. I loved Little Women and Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott. Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion series enthralled me as a child. As an adult, I came to love mystery writers Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child and Elizabeth George and love contemporary western romance writers Dianna Palmer, Laura Drake and Carolyn Brown. Science fiction authors C. J. Cherryh and Anne McCaffrey fill my imagination with wonder.
Did anyone in your life influence you or encouraged you to be a writer? I loved to write, even as a young person, and my teachers encouraged me. In high school, my English teacher had a huge impact on my decision to write, encouraging me to take a creative writing class.
What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your least favorite? I love writing my characters’ developing romance. Editing is much less fun.
What aspect of writing would you most like to improve on? Character Arc. Managing the growth of my characters throughout the story.
Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing? I need quiet while I write. I find music distracting. And I hope for no interruptions. This can be trying as I take care of my mother who is ill.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business? I’ve really focused on the marketing aspect of publishing in the past two years—both pre and post publishing marketing. It’s been difficult, but I feel I’ve learned so much.
How did you choose your characters names and location for your story? My brother recently lost three best friends in one year—two to suicide. He’s never gotten over it. They were like little brothers to me. To honor them, I have minor characters with the first or last name of one or the other of them in many of my books. As for location, I write about Texas.