Q. Wife, mother, author, blogger, photographer, employee, business owner – how many hours do you have in a day? Seriously, though, you must be extremely organized to do everything you do. Between real life & work, where do you find time for writing?
Q. Can you share with us a summed up version of your successful journey to become a published author?
Q. Would you mind offering a smidge of advice for other new authors struggling with their own aspirations of publication?
Q. The MC of Surrender, Lily Crane, has a hurtful, almost disturbing past she must face before she can move on with her life. Have you ever had a similar experience you drew from? Or is Lily’s story all your muse’s doing?
Lily's story is 100% my muse. I have never experienced what I put her through as a character — what she went through as a character. But I asked myself one question to push myself to feel: What would I do if my child were hurt like she'd been? What would I hope she'd become like? How would I hope she'd cope? and from there, Lily became Lily.
You'd think, wouldn't you? :) But, no, again, this is the muse talking. I'm sure my 3 years apart from my hubby helped in some deep-rooted, deep-seated way, but imagining him not around will do that, too. If I can tap into an ounce of fear and worry and distress and hope and love, I can write that into a pound. Or ten pounds and hopefully let you (the reader) feel it too. :)
Redeemed is in progress, with a hopeful 2014 publication. I just need to get it written first and despite what people seem to hope, this IS James AND Maggie's story. Yes, some don't think Maggie is the right man for James, but that's because they don't know Maggie like I do. And who's to say James is as perfect as I've made him out to be? All these little secrets I know and will get to share in there! I'd say that book is about 3% done, so a long way to go, but I hope to have it done by the end of the summer. :)