I got tagged by Theresa Snyder to answer some interview questions on my own blog. So here I go and I hope you learn a little something about me along the way. Theresa will be one of my guest authors in November. She will be here the week of Thanksgiving so please watch for her Christmas memory and books which will be great gift ideas.
When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be? I never considered writing fiction or aspired to be a writer until just a few years ago. My husband was working out of town I took a writing class called Breaking into Print for something to do. It covered both non-fiction and fiction. I felt at home in writing fiction. My teacher told me my stories had legs and he thought I should try my hand at writing a novel. I gave it a shot. My first novel was picked up by The Wild Rose Press, and the Kindle version was recently released under Amazon Encore.
What genre do you write? I write mystery suspense with a little romance and a twist of the paranormal.
Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project? My current work in progress is another Blue Cove Mystery. This one tackles another subject plaguing our society today. I started this book in the summer but had to do revisions and finish another book at the same time. There is a new character being introduced in this story who might become a spin off series. We’ll see how it plays out. I’m about 1/3 of the way done.
What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about? There are many but the one that stands out to me was a characterization of my aunt who was born and raised in Australia.
What’s the best part about writing? I love watching a story unfold. I’m never entirely sure when I start who did it and how my characters will respond. I let them lead me, so to speak.
What’s the worst part about writing? I’m a bit of a chatty Kathy so keeping the story’s mystery intact without giving it all away is a big deal for me.
What’s the name of your favorite character and why? Jessie Reynolds, because she’s the one I’m working with right now.
How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)? I spend about three to four hours a day writing. Afternoons into the early evenings work the best for me. I do this at least 5 to 6 days a week.
Did you go to college for writing? I took a writing class and novel writing class through the University of Connecticut.
What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors? All of them. I make them all and see them all after the fact.
What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you? Write everyday.
What advice would you give to another writer? Enjoy the whole process from the first draft until the final stage. I love it all.
What are your favorite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips, or encouragement? I do a lot of research on the internet and I love getting to know other authors. Although, readers give me some of the best encouragement.
Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies? I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love to read.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year? I’ve read quite a few and since the year is over yet I’ll hold my answer on this one.
What is the best movie you’ve seen this year? Any movie I see with my grandkids whether it’s Big Hero Six or Frozen is a great one. If they’re enjoying it then so am I.
What is your favorite book or series of all time? My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.
Who is your favorite author? That’s too hard I like many, but overall I enjoy Jane Austen.
What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing? I’m waiting to hear on a book from my publisher. I’m about to query them on another book and I want to finish my work in progress.
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