Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
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1. How and when did you get started as a writer?
When I was in second grade, our teacher handed us pictures from a magazine and told us to write a story about what was happening in the picture. Was love at first sight.
2. How do you usually find your ideas?
They find me HAHAHA Not sure. Just thinking about stuff, stuff I'd like to read, or how I'd do something differently, or a song or movie will inspire me. All sorts of places.
3. Where do you write from? (home, office etc.)
I write from home. I got my living room written off on my taxes since it's my "work space", hahahaha
4. How long does it take you to write a book?
From typing the first word to hitting publish, around 3-4 months
5. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Awful. I tend to write in frenzied, manic bursts. So like I finished writing The Kane Trilogy at the end of July. Then didn't write on anything solid until the following January - then BAM, I wrote My Time in the Affair in two weeks. Again, didn't write anything else until May, then Best Laid Plans came out over the course of three or four weeks. Sleep little, type lots.
6. Do you have any suggestions to help become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Hahaha, I'm always looking for those suggestions, myself. Um, I would say - don't be afraid to be different. Push yourself! Pay attention to what you're writing and how you're writing - I forget to do that a lot. Grow a THICK skin. Like, really thick. And be okay with not having much of a social life :D
7. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I'm a closet prude. Like I can't even watch Pride & Prejudice without covering my face when Mr. Darcy proposes. Anything romantic or sensual, I turn into an 8 year old. I have a person who helped a lot with Best Laid Plans, and for the steamy scenes, we always referred to them as "boomshaka", cause you know, that's how 30+ year old women handle themselves, bahahahaha.
8. What is your greatest weakness?
I get scared and I get nervous too easily, and those things also cause me to push myself too hard sometimes. No one expects more from me than myself, and no one ever thinks as poorly of me as I do. I am not a good task-mistress, hahaha.
9. What is your greatest strength?
I'd have to say, my storytelling abilities. Love it or hate, I think I have a strong writing voice, and a very "vocal" one that has lots of stories to tell, in lots of genres. I'm very proud of that.
10. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer :D
1. Favorite movie. Oh god, all of them, hahahaha The Matrix sits near the top of the list, though.
2. Favorite website. That's way too hard! I'm going to cheat and say Google. I use it more than any other webpage. I gave up search engines for Lent one year. It wasn't pretty.
3. Favorite color. Red.
4. Favorite book. Also too hard! But still probably The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell - I read it when I was 15, and it's still probably the best book I've ever read.
5. Favorite country. I love my own country, but that's kind of cheating, too, so I'm going to say THUS FAR it's France. I fell in love when we went to visit, we just felt so comfortable. I told my husband when I die, to bury me there. Paris is really one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.