When did you know you wanted to be an author?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always written stories. The first one I wrote was on the inside of my mother’s womb. It was called “When I Get Out”. It didn’t do so well. As for being an author, I didn’t know I wanted to be one until 2007 when I traveled to Ireland. Something magical happened there on the Cliffs of Moher, and I’ve never been the same.
As a mother, what is your writing schedule like?
When I’m red hot, I write from 6:00 to 8:00 in the morning, or whenever the kids wake up, and then at night from 10:00 to midnight. When I’m slothing it up, I write when I have a few spare minutes – usually in the bathroom. But no matter what happens, I always write every day, even if it’s just a sentence (because the sentence always turns into more).
What do you hope readers will get from your books?
Interesting question. I could say something really cool (or lame) here, like “After reading my book, I want readers to know they can accomplish anything by following their hearts.” Really I just want readers to enjoy the world I’ve created. If they get something more from it, as I did, then awesome.
Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
Must. Have. Music. I’m convinced that in every musical note there is a story waiting to be told.
What authors do you admire and why?
I love authors who have helped shape my writing:
Dean Koontz for his brilliant character development in the book Odd Thomas.
Markus Zusak for the way he made words come alive in the book The Book Thief.
Robert Louis Stevenson for his brilliant insight into a man’s mind in the book Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
And C.S. Lewis for making me a better person in the book Mere Christianity. I write better because of it.
What words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their manuscripts become books in print?
Don’t get hung up on your first book. Do the best you can, query it and move on. It’s hard, but your next book will be so much better for it.
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