I want to say thankyou to Carlie Sexton for taking the time out of her life and writing to do this Interview with me.
What is the hardest thing about Writing?
~ Right now the hardest thing about writing is finding the time to do it! I work full-time as a teacher and have been doing a lot to promote my books I have published. I have started my next book; Forgotten by You, but it is in its infancy stages.
Have you ever had writers block and if so what got you through it?
~ I have had writers block. I usually step away from writing, do something mundane like watch TV, then go back. After reading through what I am struggling with, ideas usually come.
Do you read much or at all?
~ I do read, but not as much as I used to.
If you do read who/what are your favorite Authors/Genres?
~ I love to read romance. My favorite writers are Nicholas Sparks, Raine Miller, Jacelyn Rye, Catherine Bybee, Riley Rhea.
Do you read your books review?
~ Yes. All feedback is helpful. I have made changes here and there because of a review. Sometimes people point out things that I just don’t think about. It’s important info.
If you were asked for advice from an aspiring writer what would you tell them?
~ It is extremely important to find a good editor/beta reader combo. It is very hard to find your own mistakes and getting another person’s point of view on characters and plot development is vital.
Which Authors inspire you?
~ Indie authors like Raine Miller and Katie Ashley are very inspiring. Being able to see writers make it without a big publisher is exciting.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
~ I was born in Louisiana, but my parents liked to move, so I lived in Hawaii, Minnesota, California, and Louisiana growing up. My parents divorced when I was ten, so I lived in Louisiana consistently until moving to CA when I was 19. I worked in retail while putting myself through college. Took me a little longer than most because I didn’t always carry a full class load. After graduating, I was an outside sales rep, but it wasn’t well suited for my personality. It took me years to figure it out. At 32, I married my husband. He encouraged me to become a teacher, so I went back to school , my got credential and then master’s degree. I began teaching at 35. I’m still teaching, but I have fallen in love with writing. It fills a void in my life and I work out issues through my characters, if that makes any sense. It’s kind of a therapy! My husband and I have been married for 12 years and we live in Southern California. He has inspired me to write the heroes in my books. Good thing he is complicated and I can compartmentalize his traits into a couple of characters (Neil and Mac).
How does it feel to have your work published?
~ It’s actually unbelievable to me that I have four published books. In August 2012, I was having a conversation with a coworker who told me he was going to expand a short story he wrote in college into a book. I thought, “I could do that.” I’m really proud of myself that I actually followed through. It has been an enormous blessing in my life.
Do you still like writing as much as you did when you first started?
~ I love writing, but being an author is about so much more than writing. An indie author needs to market on social media sites regularly, come up with their cover, blurb, website, go to signings, and more. Much of my time is spent promoting my books.
Where is your favorite place to write if you have one?
~ I have my own office with a chaise that I can recline on while writing. It’s nice to shut out the rest of the world and concentrate.
If you weren’t writing what else do you be doing?
~ I’m currently also a 2nd grade teacher. Can’t quit my day job just yet!
What is your comfort food?
Do you use a Pen name or real name?
~ Pen name
Do you listen to music when you write?
~ No. I really need quite when writing.
The funniest thing happened at a signing?
~ I’ve only been to one signing. I can’t think of anything funny that happened. Oh yeah, there was a costume party after the signing. My husband wanted to go as King Pharaoh. I was Aphrodite. Anyway, he won the costume contest, hands down.
The Scariest thing happened at a signing?
~ I only sold 3 books and a necklace!
10 Quick Questions
Chocolate - White / Dark / Milk
Pets - Dog / Cat / Bird / Fish
Hair - Long / Short
Getaway - Mountains / Beach
Holidays - Easter / Xmas / Halloween
Movies - Horror / Comedy / Romance
Wine - Red / White
Season - Summer / Winter
Meal - Fast Food / Home Cooked
Favorite Ice Cream
Mint Choc Chip.