Tell us a bit about your family.
I’m married to my personal hero and we have two amazing children. For the past fourteen years, South Carolina has been home. Our daughter attends college in New York and our son is finishing high school at the Governor’s School for Science and Math. (Have I mentioned they are amazing?)
We’re very close as a result of my insistence that my three darling analytical personality types learned to communicate effectively. Board games, video pinball tournaments, zoo visits, and movies are just a few of the things we try to do whenever we’re together.
What I used to refer to as our ‘domestic petting zoo’ has diminished as the kids have grown up and we’re currently at an all-time low of two retired greyhounds, two cats with god-complexes, and two quirky finches.
My husband and I are discovering this empty nest thing is pretty awesome. Primarily because our amazing kids are good enough to call frequently and let us keep our parenting skills sharp. Of course ‘empty nest’ is a relative term considering all of our pets.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
What? You’re supposed to work through those? Just kidding. Kind of. I’m not sure authors ever truly shed that weird sense of insecurity no matter how well we’re doing in the current work or in the current market.
For me, when doubts drag at me, it’s a matter of planting myself at the keyboard and getting lost in the story until I can’t hear them anymore. Ray Bradbury said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” It’s a quote I live by and it’s proven most helpful in this venture I call a career.
What scares you the most?
Having twenty-plus years of experience as a mom, the list is remarkably short. Spiders terrify me. (And formatting. But I’m getting over the formatting thing.)
What makes you happiest?
My family is such a source of joy and strength. They know how to shore me up, how to help me celebrate victories big and small, and just when to send me back to the writing cave with a full cup of coffee.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Tenacity. Though my family might call it something else (stubbornness?) I think of my consistent effort to improve my craft and strive forward to reach my long-term goals as tenacity.
What’s your weakest character trait?
Impatience. As much as I work on it, I’m not sure I’ll ever master the fine art of waiting.
Why do you write?
Because the voices tell me to. That’s only partially a joke. I’ve learned the hard way I can’t be away from the writing for more than three days. I turn into a miserable, vicious beast. No matter what’s going on in my life, I need to stay connected to my writing process, if only with some quick brainstorming or journal entries.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Books have always been a favorite pastime for me and I firmly believe a love of reading is where the seeds of writers are planted. As a shy child, writing became the safest and most dynamic way for me to express myself.
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Genre – Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Rating – PG-13
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