I grew up in New Jersey but then moved around a lot after college. I’ve lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada, Connecticut, and now Texas. Someday I want to be able to travel to new places to write about. Italy and Nantucket are on my list for that.
How did you develop your writing?
I joined a creative writing group and that helped a great deal. They’re a really great group of critiquers who don’t pussy foot around and pat me on the back. They tell me when I’m doing something that isn’t working. I’ve learned a great deal from them. I’ve also worked with two great editors who have taught me a lot as I’ve gone through drafts with them.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Sometimes talking with friends about a plot idea or just seeing something happen either in real life or in a book I’m reading will just spark an idea. After that, things just have a tendency to grow in my head. It’s hard to get it to stop once it starts.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Well, I’m self-published right now so I can’t speak to the publishing, but writing and marketing can both be difficult. They’re just two different beats, each difficult in their own way. I actually do really enjoy marketing, though, so that helps some. I think if you aren’t a person that enjoys networking and self-promotion writing will be a difficult field to be in.
What marketing works for you?
I do a lot of networking with people in the business and I do a lot of chatting online with my readers. I also give away a ton of free books. I want people to get a taste of my books and hopefully want more.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
Yes, it’s always tough to put your work out there and to read less-than-favorable reviews. I was really nervous about putting Negotiation Tactics out there because parts of it were a little heavier than my precious books I was worried about the way readers would take it, but I sent it out to some of my fans that I had connected with online. They were worried they’d have to tell me it wasn’t any good, but they came back with rave reviews. IT was a huge relief!
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Yes! Both my family and friends have been wonderful. I have a number of friends who read beta drafts for me and brainstorm all of the kinks out of my plots when I need them to. It’s been a huge help.
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Genre – Romantic Suspense
Rating – R