It is nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas which is where I still live with my husband and our two children. I have a long list of places that I think I’d like to try living in, but my day job keeps my wanderlust in check. I travel for a living which couldn’t be better. Besides writing, flying has been a passion of mine since a young age.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
I’ve always wanted to write. Way back in seventh grade, I tried to write a book, but it never got over short story length. Finally, so many, many years later, I got back to writing, and this time I was able to pull off a novel. My inspiration comes from the strangest places. It could be a dream, a conversation or something funny my kids say. I never know when inspiration is going to “strike.”
What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?
From the time I was a teenager, I read adult books. Back then there wasn’t a young adult genre. You went from middle-grade chapter books to adult, so that’s what I’ve mostly read. Historical fiction is my favorite, especially if the research has been done right. I read a lot of young adult now since that is what I write, but I’m all over the bookstore. Adult, YA, MG, Fiction, Non-Fiction.
My favorite book is Outlander. If you’ve read it, then it needs no explanation. If you haven’t, then you must. Talk about research! If I had only one book to take with me to a desert island, that’s the one I’d take.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
My process hasn’t changed all that much. I’m still an extremely slow writer. Of course, there are things that I hope I’m doing better. I would love to say that I see my mistakes more clearly now, but I’m not sure if that’s true. I have years and years of learning left.
Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?
I’ve had an urge to write a middle-grade story for a while now.
What has been your most proud moment as an author?
There are many moments that make the list, so it’s hard to pick just one. Holding my book in my hand for the first time was one of the best though.
Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?
Of course! There are days that I just can’t write. I have zero ambition. Those are tough days.
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I do a bit of both. I have a general story and outline, with specific characters, setting and plot when I first sit down to write a new book, but those ideas tend to develop and change as I go along.
What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?
- Engage with other writers—at conferences, at community events, online–whatever avenue you can. You will learn so much.
- Use beta readers and critique partners. They will give you honest feedback that you need.
- Put your work out there. Contests like those on Twitter can be a great way to strengthen your work. Even if you don’t “win,” the feedback you get is the best way to make your manuscript shine.
What are you working on now? What will you release next?
I’m currently working on something completely different. A middle grade that deals with some tough issues like racism and verbal abuse. There’s not a lot in the market like this, and I think there are kids that need a book they can relate to.
So… where can we get your books?
My books are available in select Barnes & Noble stores and online at Amazon.com.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
My books don’t require heavy research, so I tend to research as I go, sometimes getting lost for a day or two before I get any real writing done. The research is a fun part of the process though.
What was your hardest scene to write?
For me, endings are the toughest. Knowing when a story is over and making sure you’ve given the reader everything they were looking for.
What’s your writing schedule like?
Due to my job, it’s impossible to keep a schedule. I write when I can. I might have two weeks where I can’t sit down and dedicate the time, or I might have several days where I get a few thousand words a day done.
Where would you like to travel to and why?
The list is too long to put down here, and even if I wrote it down, it’s an evolving list.
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