I am what they call a “jack of all trades but a master of none.” I write, draw, paint, cook, bake, photograph, video edit, and craft. My most important job though is being a wife to my wonderful husband of thirteen years, Chris, and being a mom to our two precious boys, Ethan and Rory. Between driving my “should-have-been-a-yellow-school-bus” minivan to take kids to school, pick them up, take them to various practices, and watching soccer and baseball games, taking zumba classes, rehearsing with my church handbell choir, and doing my own recreational reading, I don’t have a lot of time to write. But when I do, I enjoy it, and you can be sure I give it all I’ve got. I hope to continue it and to have an audience ready for more.
What inspires you to write?
I get inspiration from a lot of things – my kids, my husband, things I’ve seen or done or heard. My craziest inspiration, though, came from my steam mop! It’s true! I got a whole novel out of that!
Tell us about your writing process
Usually, ideas pop into my head and then form fully into stories within a few minutes. Then, I take that ‘skeleton’ and start asking myself questions about it to flesh it out more. I have drawn maps, made family trees, made timelines and calendars for the story. All of this keeps me from contradicting myself later on in the story!
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
Yes, it’s very different. Kids and teens have a completely different perspective on life and things that happen. Their experiences are usually much more limited, so they have fewer things they can relate to. Of course, this is all my opinion. I could be completely wrong!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them but I think about them A LOT! I spend hours (usually just before bed which keeps me awake at night) thinking about how they look, how they act, how they affect the story or it affects them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried the traditional publisher route but without an agent, that is very limiting. Then a friend suggested Amazon which I knew nothing about except that you could buy stuff. So, I started looking into it and was amazed at how simple the process was and how successful some authors had been with it. So I gave it a shot.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more and more people are going to take advantage of self-publishing. It’s so easy and available to everyone who may never get a shot with the traditional publishers.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers