I was ready to go for my interview with Crossroads Review when a storm decided to cut me off from my internet.
How ironic that I was going to talk about my #1 Best Seller The Storms That Fated Us when a storm just happened to keep me away from my readers.
Since I was not able to go back online I answered some of the same questions asked by the website’s host Jessica.
So, what have you written? Moving On Without Him (Currently unavailable, but will be re-published as a second edition with additional chapters from Jace’s POV) Like A Moth To His Flame is the first of three novella’s in the Moth To A Flame Series and The Storms That Fated Us. I was also given the opportunity to write an article for InD’tale Magazine about living with debilitating chronic migraines and cluster headaches while advocating for headache disorders.Where can we buy or see them? I have my books available on Amazon and you can read my article in May’s Issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Give us an insight into your main character in The Storms That Fated Us. What does he/she do that is so special? Tia Deltoro is a soon-to-be 23 year old that hasn’t quite learned how to let go of the past. Five years after graduation she has major self-esteem issues and no positive outlook on life since her former best friend Carson Rodriguez took away what was left of her dignity and heart. Tia comes off as naïve and a pushover when she falls in love with Carson. Of course that love for her best friend makes her do and say things she normally might not had if he reciprocated those same feelings right back.
What are you working on at the minute? A Contemporary Romance Novel titled Defenseless.
What’s it about? A NFL Quarterback gets diagnosed with a medical condition that has his family and team concerned about his health. He refuses to let his health jeopardize his football career and decides to do whatever it takes to keep his place on the field.
What genre are your books? Contemporary Romance and New Adult.
What draws you to this genre? I think it has a lot to do with by love for reading books in those particular genre.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I actually thought about this after my husband read my book and said it would make a good movie (YES….my husband REALLY read one of my books and complimented it) It was a no brainer for who I wanted to play Carson. Jesse Metcalfe who played the young, hot and sexy gardener from Desperate Housewives and you can now see on Dynasty as Christopher Ewing. As for Tia I would have to say it’s a toss-up between The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Francia Raisa and Glee’s Naya Rivera.
How much research do you do? TONS!!! I am constantly on the web researching things that will show up in one of my story lines.
When did you decide to become a writer? I had an idea for a story that kept playing itself over and over in my mind and finally decided to get out my laptop to type every one of those thoughts into several chapters that would eventually turn into my very first novel.
Why do you write? I need a creative outlet to express all of the ideas that are constantly floating around my mind. Writing can also be very therapeutic. I love how I can take whatever mood I am in and put all of those emotions into my fictional characters.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? My creativity seems to work better when there are no distractions. Usually I wait until everyone is fast asleep before I start writing.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? In my first two years of writing I wrote every single night. I would start any time after 10PM when there was no chance of anyone disturbing me.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? I think it’s more of a challenge to set a goal to write a certain amount of words.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I use a computer. My laptop keys are so worn out that you can only see part of the letters on the keys. In matter of fact, I am on my second laptop since I started writing two years ago.
Where do your ideas come from? Watching a show on TV, listening to the lyrics from a song or just spending time with the family.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I don’t ever like to do an outline because my mind is constantly changing from one idea to another. I prefer to put my hands on my keyboard and just go with it.
What’s more important: characters or plot? I would have to say the Plot. If you have an amazing plot your characters can evolve into the story line you created.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? I have a team of editors and proofreaders that work with me on my manuscripts. I am terrible with punctuation and I can never get my tenses in the right order.
Who designed your book cover/s? At the time that I published my first book, my 15 year old daughter did the photography and graphic design for it. After taking some lessons from her I worked on the cover for Storms with just a little bit of her guidance.
Would you or do you use a PR agency? After I published my first two books I unexpectedly fell off the grid due to some major health issues. A year later I started to feel well enough to finish working on my manuscript and finally publish another book. Since I hadn’t done anything in a while I knew I had to find a way to get word out that I was writing again. Not only did I find a publicist to help me get my name back out there as a writer she open up many opportunities for me to reach goals I never thought would be attainable.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I always love to answer this question. I welcome the honest opinions of my readers. When I decided to take the leap into publishing my work I knew there would be people that loved my books and others who thought my writing wasn’t that great. At the end of the day I did something I never thought I would do. I published a book. Something many always say they’ll do, but never getting around to it. That alone makes me dust off the harsh reviews and smile at the ones that say they can’t wait to read my next book.
Which social network worked best for you? It’s a tie between Twitter and Facebook. Both have tremendously helped with finding more readers for my books.
How do you relax? I love to veg out in front of my TV and do a marathon with one of my favorite shows.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hardback books? Ebooks since you are able to carry around your collection books on one device.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Splitting up my time between advocating for headache disorders all over the country and writing/publishing books in other genres to reach an audience of new readers for my work.
What advice would you give to your younger self? Don’t listen to your teachers when they say quit daydreaming! It is that vivid imagination that can turn out to be the next bestselling novel.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? The Twilight Saga. I am a big time Twi-mom and Team Jacob. Towards the end of Eclipse I would have had Bella given Jacob a chance to see he was perfect for her. She had was an epiphany of what her life would be like if she had chosen Jacob and that alone should have made her say “You know….I might not want to be a vampire and spend an eternity with Edward.” Breaking Dawn was hard to read for so many reasons. If I had my way that whole book would have been Bella really experiencing life and telling Edward to take a hike.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Write because you love it. Not because you are hoping to hit it big. The real reward is having readers that enjoy your work and seeing the smiles on their face if they ever meet you in person.