Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I've been writing seriously for more than a decade; recently become a full time writer. Other factoids - Scorpio, INFJ, Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling and make quick decisions, currently have 2 cats. LOVE my website where I have a page called Free Your Artist of which I'm very proud, and my blog: On Writing & Publishing.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Hmmm. I wouldn't be a main character because I cause them too much angst (good stories don't treat characters well). In my Luna series they are all still fighting invading evil, so not only do the heroines have angst, but have life threatening danger. I'd probably be one of the cats, most of the cats didn't have much danger or angst...wait a minute, they did.... um, I think I'll stick with being a writer.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Who or what influences you when you write?
I'd like to say magic fairy dust, but writing is mostly a "butt in the chair" dedication with awesome moments of inspiration. Right now I'm in the middle of two series so previous character and unfinished plot lines determine what I write. My editors influence what I write. I listen to my critique group...as well as my inner "ear."
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Up, feed the cats, write, eat, long break (more eating probably), write, then the business side of writing, email, etc.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I go somewhere else to write or I whine to my writing buddies or I put on subliminal tapes.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Heart Dance is coming in July and the heroine, Dufleur Thyme, was seen in my last "Heart" book, Heart Quest. Dufleur has a special psi power with Time and experiments with it.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I have two more Luna books to wrap up the current series, and one more Heart book before more negotiations. I also have an urban fantasy I'm whipping up into a proposal.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? - In general and in you're writting career
I hope to definitely be doing three books a year and hopefully have "broken out" and am making enough money to support myself writing.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I actually like Saille Willow in upcoming Heart Dance. He's strong, wants to woo his lady right, reliable, and holding his family together while fending off enemies.
What do you do for inspiration?
I think the more I write, the more often I write, the more inspiration comes.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I like this idea of urban fantasy, but all my work will probably have at least a strong romantic subplot if it isn't a romance. And I like fantasy/paranormal.
I've been pretty lucky in writing the books I've wanted (knock on wood).
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I'm more of an Internet researcher now than books, though I will read books, and have a degree in Library Science. Yes, I love research.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Oh, deadlines drive me crazy.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
As soon as my first manuscript was finished and polished. My critique group in Rocky Mountain Fiction writers has always been my best support.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Believe. Imagine. Read.
What is the best and advice you have ever received?
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I prefer to jump right in, but since I sell on proposal now, I only write a few chapters before doing a synopsis.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I belong to two critique groups. They are very supportive and they help with my technique and are excellent for brainstorming, too.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
HeartMate was published in December 2001 and recently reissued last August (2006) with a new, sexy cover
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