What inspires you to write?
Everything! I will be going through the routines of my day, and suddenly an idea or concept will float into my imagination. Then I have to stop what I’m doing and write it down.
Tell us about your writing process
I write furiously. I get my ideas down onto paper as quickly as possible while the ideas are flowing. Then I let it sit a day or two and go back over it to make sure it makes sense and to ensure that the wording conveys exactly what I want it to. At that stage I also attempt to add flourish and beauty to my basic writing.
I also have to have a chunk of time to write creatively. I need at least a few uninterrupted hours in a day to make any progress. So that’s where the discipline comes in. I have to carve out blocks of time that are sometimes hard to come by.
I do not map out my stories ahead of time. I have a strong idea of the beginning and a vague idea of the end, but I know absolutely nothing about the middle when I begin writing. That all unfolds as I write. There is something magical about it. Sometimes I look back at what I’ve written and think, “Wow! I had no idea that’s where this story was going.”
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
In some ways, there is no difference. Writing for children should be just as intelligent and engaging as writing for adults. However, I’ve found that children are easily bored with description. They prefer dialogue and action. So, I spend very little time describing the world I’ve immersed kids in. I let their imagination take over there. But I attempt to keep the action going so that they aren’t tempted to set it down.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters come into being over time in my imagination as I ponder them, but they really don’t become fully fleshed out until I begin writing. Then they tell me who they are. I may know them on a surface level, but they let me in on what truly makes them tick as we go along.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew they were good because I’d been an editor for years. I also had people read them whose judgment I respected. When I got a resounding green light, I knew it was time to begin publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe self-publishing will continue to flourish. It’s similar to cable TV in that it widens the market as to what is available. It gives readers a much larger selection and greater access to creative, unique works. Now they can find what they want to read instead of a publisher making assumptions as to what they want to read.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fairy tale fantasy, devotional, women’s fiction, mystery
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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