Casandra at The Bookish Crypt just featured me for her Friday Author Feature!
She’s a book blogger and her Instagram feed is to die for – as is her bookshelves! Do check out her blog and her book reviews!
-What are you currently working on?
I’m editing the second book of the Loving Ashe trilogy and deciding whether to rename it as a series or not. I already have new covers and just have to finalize the last part before it heads to the editor. I’m also working on 2 new stories, one is set in New Mexico and is an older woman/younger man story and the other is about a woman who wins a contest to be part of a reality TV dating show.
-What part of the writing process comes easy to you? Which part is difficult?
Starting a new story is the easiest part because it’s like having a new crush. You can’t get enough of them and you can have more than one, but towards the end comes the tough part, because now you have to stick to only one so you can analyze the story and make sure you’re heading towards the ending which needs to have a smooth landing. Parting is such sweet sorrow they say, but crafting the perfect ending is the worst.
-When/why did you become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to become a writer. I wrote stories in high school and studied journalism in college, but I bought the myth that I needed a “real” job to make it and so I abandoned writing so I could go back to school and be a nurse. I never became one but I did become a massage therapist and built a private practice in the South Bay. I got to work with Hollywood actors, directors and producers, which gave me an inside look at their lives when the cameras are switched off.
I finally published my first book 2 years after my best friend, Pam, lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Her last words to me were to keep writing (she didn’t know I’d quit for 7 years then) and that she couldn’t wait to hold my book in her hand. In that last conversation, she described the stories I told her I was writing back in 1999 that I had given up and right now, I’m working on that same story. She passed away in 2010 and I published Finding Sam in 2014 and it’s written for her. She never did hold any of my books but I know wherever she is, she’s watching me and she’s the real muse who inspires every one of my stories. #Mancrushmonday posts are only for show lol
-If you could switch places with one of your characters, who would it be? Why?
I’d pick Riley Eames. She has the potential for so many adventures and after going through some pretty tough times, she seems to have found the perfect man in Ashe Hunter. So I’d love to see life through her eyes! Plus, I hear she makes a mean espresso!
-What book/s are you reading now?
I am reading Ksenia Anske’s Siren Suicides, A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson & BT Urruela, and I’m rereading Justin Cronin’s The Passage now that the final book of his trilogy just came out.
-Where is your happy place?
My happy place is in the stories I write, and the worlds I create.
-Who is your favorite fictional character? Why?
My favorite fictional character – tough to choose only one – would be Daughter of Fortune, Eliza Sommers, the main character in Isabel Allende’s novel set in Chile and in California during the Gold Rush. And of course, Jane Eyre, because..well, it’s Jane.
-What is your favorite quote?
“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz