Great Interview Questions
- What does your writing process look like?
I think about the scene I am working on, I walk around in it, I watch the characters interact. I watch it like a movie and then when it is all fleshed out I sit down and start writing. Sometimes the story follows my vision of it and other times it takes off on its own and I have to try and keep up with the action. Scene by scene I draw out the story.
- Do you have any strange writing habits?
Only that I can write while still being the mom of a very large, noisy family. I love the quiet mornings when I can sneak away to write for an hour or so but if the muse hits me I can write in the middle of absolute chaos and remain untouched by it all.
- What book do you wish you could have written?
Harry Potter or Pride and Prejudice are the first two that come to mind.
- Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
I love good story tellers, pretty language, poetic descriptions are all well and good but when I first read ‘The Firm’ I was so caught up in the story that I never noticed that John Grisham wasn’t a great writer. He is a great storyteller though and that is what I enjoy.
- If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Adrian Grenier would be a wonderful David Lord. I am not a movie watcher so the others are only in my head until someone else figures out who to cast.
- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
One of the best things about having a baby is naming them, and it is no different naming my characters. The only thing is, I made the mistake of naming one of the characters after my son-in-law and then had to kill him off. I won’t ever do that again…
- What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I married well and we have 10 children, that is by far my favorite accomplishment.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In a beach house with huge windows looking out over the ocean. All my family playing on the beach and me inside, making dinner and writing a new book.
- Were you already a great writer? Have you always like to write?
I am a great reader but through my reading I have developed taste and so I know a good story when I read it.
- What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Read everything and figure out why you like what you like. Get a great editor!
- If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I would be a professional grandmother.
- Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I am a total pantster!
- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Reviews are interesting and I love constructive criticism but I know what is good and ‘so, so’ about my story. It is like someone criticizing one of my children – I know their strengths and weaknesses and I love them because of who they are, the good and the not so good.
- What is your best marketing tip?
First you have to write a great book, then commit to doing seven things a day to promote it. And it is just as easy to do big things as to do small things.
- What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Writing! I adore editing but thrashing my way through the story is hard.
- Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I would not write a story without hope, hard times are fine but I have to find hope in the end.
- Do you have a favorite conference to attend? What is it?
Never attended one, but I would love to go to the New York conference sometime with my writers group.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
I can’t think of any particular type of scene that is hard to write, I suppose with just one novel to my name I will have to pay attention and let you know.
- Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)
This is my first novel, I have written a small book called ‘Goodbye Flutterfly’ which is a story about life and loss.
- What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I am writing a sequel to ‘The Throne of David’ which I am tentatively calling ‘Defender of the Throne’ , it is great to get back to adventures with David, Camryn and Enrique!