The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Sure, thanks for asking and thank you for the interview. I work a full time job in the high performance industry, so I have to squeeze writing in during my free time. My dream would be to write full time. Our children, all seven of them, are grown and on their own. That does help a bit with the `free time' aspect. I have two beautiful little grandchildren. They aren't quite old enough for theme parks, but I can't wait. Grandpa and I are plotting several vacations around them. I'm originally from Denver, Colorado. Love those mountains! That's where I misspent my youth. My love and I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia with two cats, Fiona and Kegan. I've heard rumors that I'm going to be doing a job related move very soon. I can't confirm that right now because I'm still holding my hands over my ears, going "la-la-la-la".
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I wish I had a typical writing day, but I don't. My job requires a great deal of travel so I'm frequently in a car, an airport or a hotel. I've learned to write in small snatches of time and so far it's working. My dream day would be waking up to the smell of fresh coffee, stumbling to my computer in my jammies and plunking away with no interruptions, while sipping the magic brew.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Everyone is different and I don't mean this to sound heartless, but I don't believe in writer's block. In any job I've ever worked at, I've never had the luxury of saying, "You know, it's just not coming to me to today. I'll have to wait and try it next week." I guess I approach writing the same way. If you want the job, it's yours, but you have to work for it. If you really want to do it, you'll find a way to get it done.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Sure. I'm really excited about the next two books in the Traveling Circus series. The second book, Center Ring, will release on November 2, 2008. It's got bit more suspense than the first book in the series. Here's the blurb, hot off the press.
Bereft of family as a child, Julia Cameron finally has everything she's ever wanted. With her billion-dollar racing empire and FASPRO team set to win their first championship, her professional victories seem the trophy in the center ring. But her enviable life came at a price, and now Julia has also inherited the responsibility of twin, teen-aged brothers.
Roane Jameson, the new head of FASPRO security, is determined to solve the Cameron case, and fast. Desperate to keep this job, he needs to conceal his shadowy past by creating a sterling reputation. He's willing to do whatever it takes. How hard can it be when he's only got one suspect?
The third book in the series, High Wire, will be released on February 2, 2009. It features dirt late model champion and racing bad boy, Damon Blade. I just love those bad boys, don't you? When Sarah Miller lands a job at Cameron Motorsports as his crew chief, Damon's life will never be the same. It's a fast paced, high octane ride, so hang on.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
Living in my dream home, writing full time and firmly on the various best-seller lists. Hey, if you don't dream big, you'll never get there.
What do you do for inspiration?
Think of my readers. Maybe that sounds strange, but I really strive to give them the best story I possibly can. So when I'm writing, if I have a question about a scene or plotline, the first thing I do is think, well, what would make this the most entertaining for the reader? Then I move the story in that direction. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I truly admire the people who can just write. I can't. I'm a terrible plotter. I outline, do characterizations, setting descriptions, and building layouts, the whole bit. And that's before I've written the first word of the story. Then I check off items on a list as I write. It's all really disgustingly anal. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I do belong to a critique group. When you find the right group, the results are worth the effort. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to find a good fit with critique groups. If you're looking for one, don't give up. My CP's are a wonderful bunch of women and I wouldn't trade them for anything. We've been together a long time, and I feel truly blessed to have each one of them in my life. They really understand the ups and downs of the writing world and their support is priceless.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Lion Tamers is my first work. It was originally published in December of 2007 by Dark Eden Press. Unfortunately, due to illness, they closed. This story, along with the rest of the series, was picked up by Lyrical Press, Inc. and Lion Tamers was re-released in August, 2008.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Readers can reach me through my website, email, myspace, my author page at Lyrical Press, the Lyrical Forums, or blog. Here are the links:
Thank you for this opportunity Sutton and congrats on getting Lion Tamers a new home and then continuing the series!