1. What inspired you to write “Ren”?
Ren appeared in six of my other novels, two separate series. He was a side character who kept getting a ton of attention because he offers life-saving advice while telling people off. I had a reader suggest I write his back story. Well, that was supposed to be a short story, but turned into a novel and then it turned into a five book series. I guess, Ren always planned to get his full moment in the sun. Now he has a whole series where he tells old ladies and politicians to leave him alone so he can save the world. He’s not nice about it and it’s also pretty funny.
2. How many hours a day do you write?
As a mom and a college professor, I have to settle for an hour or two a day. That’s usually all I can manage. And I also have 15 books that act like hungry mouths to feed every single day.
3. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
Usually between six weeks. My shortest book, Ren: The Man Behind the Monster, the first in the series, took me 10 days. That’s not typical. And there was one book that took me 8 weeks, which is also not typical. If a book wants to be written, it usually doesn’t give me much peace until it’s done.
4. What motivated you to become an Indie author?
I love the idea of being in charge. Seriously, ask my friends and they will tell you I’m a control freak. Being an indie author gives me the authority to do things my way. The release schedule, the cover, the content, they are all mine to decide. It’s a beautiful thing. I really think this time is for the Indies to reign. We just have to do it by creating the best stories that we can.
5. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Gosh, this question always gets asked and it’s hard not to sound like the masses of authors giving advice. Yes, you should read a lot. Yes, you should write every day. Don’t use an abundance of adverbs. These are all great pieces of wisdom, which you can find in “On Writing” by Stephen King. So it’s my job here to offer something new and I’ll try.
Here’s my advice: Fall in love with your characters. Have lunch alone and invite them to attend. Talk to them in your head. Get to know them. Take the love interests on a date. Have conversations with them. I’m serious. If you know these characters then you can describe their strange nuisances to the readers. And you know what? Readers don’t fall in love with a tall and dark handsome man. They fall in love with one who hates doing his taxes, and beats a punching bag every night and is ambidextrous, and likes to kiss a girl after she’s just brushed her teeth. Fall in love with your characters and you can make others love them too.
1. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish? It takes me from 4 to 6 months to write a book.
2. What motivated you to become an Indie author? I have also been a story teller. I tried the traditional route but couldn’t get an agent. I decided to self published my books.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring writers? My advice for aspiring writers is too keep writing, no matter what people tell you about your work. Also, take others advice with a grain of salt. What works for somebody might not work for you. Build your audience and the money will come.
4. What is your favorite place to write? Starbucks.
5. What inspired you to write “Keepers of the Veil”? I don’t have an inspiration for writing the “Keepers of the Veil.” I started to write this book as a horror story, but it morphed and changed into a urban Fantasy.