When and why did you begin writing? I’ve always been a voracious reader. I’ve toyed with story ideas in the past. When Briggs was stolen and a sensational story followed – it called to me. I had to write this book. It was cathartic for me.
The other thing that pushed me into writing the story was when people started reaching out to me regarding their own stolen dog cases and I realized that this is happening across the nation. The book allows me to educate and to have a platform where I can provide resources on the website.
What inspires you to write and why? Change. Creating change. Making a difference. At least that has been my inspiration thus far.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? I’m all over the place. Obviously, my first story is non-fiction. I blog a lot for work on a variety of true topics. I’d like to take a stab at humor, however.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Trusting your voice. Trusting your instincts about how the story needs to unravel. Learning to be true to the story.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Yes, it taught me how to be ruthless in my editing. Just because a paragraph is well written does not mean that it helps the story. I had to learn to be comfortable with letting the story be as long or as short as it needed to be.
It taught me to pick my editor’s wisely.
I’ve also learned how to publish a book. Which in itself is a huge learning process. All the ins and outs of creating a compelling cover to formatting the interior of a book. Luckily, there are great resources out like APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur.
Do you intend to make writing a career? There is a rush that comes with publishing. With picking yourself and baring your soul to the world. I probably bared even more of my soul – a baptism by fire – by publishing a true story told from my view.
Writing and publishing is empowering.
Have you developed a specific writing style? Yes. I tend to write simplistically. I like fragments that pack a punch. It reads better for me. It feels more like my voice. I don’t like to mess around and overly fluff up my scene.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? Being honest.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Yes. A whiskey on the rocks usually does the trick. If not, I prefer exercise of any sort where you don’t have to think much – spin class, walking etc. It gives you time to work out plot twists or areas that you are struggling with.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’ve taken a steep curve from the true story and outlined two Briggs children’s books. And I’m working on a book about cancer. I know. I know. My mind is all over the place. I’m ok with that. I like to let the creativity flow and see what I come up with on the other end.
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Genre - Pets/Narratives/Essays/Breeds/General
Rating – PG-13
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