When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
The passion was sooo inherent I just had to. I truly think it started in the womb. I mean, ever since a Crayola was placed in my hand, I scribbled on paper. Sadly, life just got in the way and it has taken until my more mature years (chuckle chuckle ) before it was time for me.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It's hard to gauge because I'm working on so many other projects as well. If I was to focus on just one novel from research to finish non-stop ... probably two months.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I created a play list of 70 songs ... my pure romance collection from Michael Buble', Peabo Bryson, Lionel Richie, Brian McKnight, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Tony Bennett ... Can't write without my boys crooning to me.
I have a home office. I just can't get into laptops for some reason and I do love the fact that they're so portable. Even though I can type almost 100 w.p.m. once I get going, on those keyboards though, my fingers get all befuddled and I hit the wrong keys ... it's ugly. I invested in a good ergonomic keyboard for comfort and try to devote at least 20 hours a week to my projects.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Would you believe me if I told you it just comes? I mean sometimes I think it just flows from my finger tips. I carry a small spiral pad in my purse, have one tucked between the seats in my car and of course, by my bedside table. When the idea hits me, I jut down my thoughts and bada-bing bada-boom a story line is born.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Why read romance novels, of course **wink ** wink. And I do … seriously. But I also love to spend time sucking the faces of my beautiful grandchildren ages 11 – 6 months Tyler, Ayden, Connor, Nicholas & Addison. I try and exercise every other day, take long walks when the weather allows (helps get those creative juices flowing)and cherish my closest and dearest friends.
What does your family think of your writing?
It's great when your kids are in awe of you for all the right reasons, you know? At first I think they took it with a grain of salt .. that it was more of a hobby. But when the book came out of print their jaws hit the floor ... as did mine. Writing for me is such an explicit joy. I was sooooo excited when the publishing process started. It was like one of those first timers in your life ... you know the ones ladies ... the first kiss, getting married, the first pregnancy.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I had this intimately beautiful conversation with someone who was blind some years back about their disability that has always stayed with me. She told me that loosing her sight was a blessing because she learned how to see the world through her other senses, which is something the seeing world takes for granted most of the time. It made me become more aware of sound, color, taste, texture and so many others which inevitably allowed me to be a more descriptive writer. I’ve also learned that I can accomplish anything if I simply believe in the essence of who I am.
Wind Warrior ~ Historical Indian Romance
Wind Warrior ~ The Iroquois Series ~ Book 1