Dirty Dan was a character my third grade teacher directed us to draw. I decided to write a story about him, since my older brother had when he’d had the same third grade teacher. I loved writing the story and decided I wanted to be an author when I grew up. In fourth grade, I was bullied. I turned to writing as a healthy outlet. I loved that I could control my character’s fate. My fourth grade teacher supported my creative process.
I’m a Christian, and my faith is very important to me. My husband and I met through God’s timing and His guidence. We are now leaders in a youth group. God has led me through a lot in life, and I’m very grateful for Him and His guidance. When I was in a college group at Foothills Church, one of the young women I met told me about a Novel Writing class at Grossmont College. I started taking the class with Lisa Shapiro. God provided me with that class. Lisa’s an amazing teacher, and the class has been a huge blessing. I am a member of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild.
What inspires you to write?
I love getting inspiration from pictures, movies, stories, books, nature, people. I see people I know and interact with as characters, and many people I know end up with a character in my books.
Tell us about your writing process
I used to be all about just writing and figuring everything about in my rewrites, but now I like outlining and figuring most things out before I write. I have a lot of ideas which I started, some finished, when I was younger. Now I’m completely rewriting everything. I’ve been taking a Novel writing class since Fall 2010, and anything written before Fall 2010 is being completely rewritten. Knowing where I’m headed in the writing helps me outline and create backstories. I now use Persona to create my characters and really get to know them.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
Yes. For me, I think writing for children is very different than writing for either of the other audiences, but writing young adult is more similar to adult. I do not add graphic language or sex scenes to my writing, whether its for teens or adults. For any audience, I think it’s all about language and theme.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I let my characters create themselves, with the help of Persona, and then I mainly listen to them. I have had some characters start as bad guys and turn into good guys and vice versa.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried sending query letters to literary agents for about six months. Then I decided to put that book, Child of Prophecy, aside to work on another book, Mysterious Warriors. As I worked on Mysterious Warriors, I found out more about Amazon Kindle, and decided to publish Child of Prophecy as a Kindle instead of just setting it aside for “someday.” A year and a half later, I found Createspace, which I didn’t believe could be totally free. I was proven wrong, and I was thrilled. Now Child of Prophecy and Mysterious Warriors are available as paperback and Kindle.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think e-books are going to get more and more popular, but I don’t think print books will ever go out of print. The feel of pages and smell of books cannot be replaced.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
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