What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always wanted to write, but could never make it through a story. Last winter, when there was still snow on the ground and the hope of Spring was just around the corner I started writing TLKT. I was in the shower one morning and these characters started having a conversation in my head. The scene played out and I thought I have to write that down, and I did. Alex and Liam were born, and I branched off that one scene and didn’t stop writing until four months later when the story was complete.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure that I have a specific writing style. I was once told by a friend that I write the way I talk. Back then I wasn’t sure if I should take that as a compliment or a criticism. Now, I definitely think it’s a compliment. I’m a very animated person, bubbly I’ve been told, and I’d like to think that some of my quirkiness comes out in my writing.
What is the name of your latest book? And how did you come up with the title?
I’m working on a story now which I’ve named Timeless, and that will probably stick until I come up with something else. The main characters have a love that has spanned centuries, hence Timeless.
What is Timeless about?
Timeless is a book where you get exposed to all elements of the supernatural, vampires, werewolves, demons, and I’m not sure yet but there may be some witchcraft, too. The male lead, Kane, has been a vampire for centuries. He’s forced to live life watching his soul mate be born, live, and die. They’re brought together on the verge of a huge uprising of the underworld, after he told himself he wasn’t going to seek her out in this lifetime. Together they are going to face some very hard situations.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I read everything and anything. As a child I read a lot of Mary Downing Hahn, R.L. Stine, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I wouldn’t say that any particular book has influenced my life, but they have definitely inspired me to write!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have met so many wonderful women on the Textnovel website, and I would say that they have all mentored me in one way or another. If I have to choose a famous person, I’d say Nora Roberts.
What books are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Sentinels Of Redemption by Samantha Gail. I’ve ordered a book called Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur and Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole.
What are your current projects?
Right now I’m working on Timeless, and also on attempting a Sci-Fi Christmas short which is untitled at this time.
Do you see writing as a career?
I could definitely see myself making writing a career, and hopefully in the next few years once my little ones are all in school, I can work harder to make that a reality.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I did anything, I would make TLKT longer.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was that crazy kid in school who actually enjoyed English class, especially when we got to write short stories or fictional pieces. I didn’t really like research papers, but they had to be done from time to time, too. I would say my interest in writing really became predominant in high school with poetry and branched out from there.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not rushing my ending. I usually do very well in the first half of what I’m writing, and then tend to rush to the end in the last few chapters. I need to figure out ahead of time what my plot angles are going to be and work around those. I tend to just fly by the seat of my pants sometimes!
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I still had a lot to learn as a writer, especially from an editing standpoint!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Not everyone is going to like your work. There will be times where you will get frustrated, but don’t give up, keep pushing forward. Not everyone becomes famous overnight!
Thank you Kelly for dropping by!
You are welcome.
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