1) Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I could not pass up telling the story of three Russian brothers who fell in love with the American women in their lives. I have so many short stories from my time in Russia, I started writing and the Teplov brothers were happily in love.
2) What are you currently working on?
Shawn the red-headed fireman. He has lived with enough pain; it is time for his Happily Ever After.
3) Do you Believe in “writer’s block”?
I believe in “Writer’s distraction”. A busy life can be very distracting.
To get back on track I do it all:
- I read a lot, fiction of all kinds, though I gravitate towards urban fantasy/romance.
- The books I have found most helpful Craft books.
- Impasse for a fight scene, I read writing fight scene books.
- Trying to develop a religion for an unknown world, I read world building books.
- I read other writers’ advice blogs
- I take online writing classes that cover specialize subjects: history, marketing, plotting, editing, dialogue, science fiction, romance, and the list goes on.
4) What is your favorite romance novel?
My first romance will always be my favorite. Kathleen Woodiwiss “Wolf and the Dove”
5) If you could tell your younger-writing-self anything, what would it be?
Do not wait to finish your stories. Not finishing my stories at a young age became the hardest habit I am still trying to break.
6) What is the best thing about being a writer?
Creating, writing, and sharing stories.
7) What is your advice for aspiring writers?
As a new writer myself, I have read advice from other writer’s blogs.
As a self-publishing author, I suggest having more than one book almost read. The multiple books will give you a chance to release books on a more beneficial schedule. I have also found that it is important to make a writing environment where you can be comfortable in for hours. Just do not forget to stretch your legs intermittently.
8) What comes first, the plot or characters?
In most cases, I am a character-based “What If” writer.
What if – you meet the man of your dreams rescuing your grandmother.
What if – your son and his father finally meet.
What if – the man you have a not so secret longing for, finally notices.
Once I have the what if, I end up with the Who, then the plot, setting, and everything else come on board to create the story.
9) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Professional editing – I know most of us, self-publishing authors, it is a struggle in the beginning and one of the reasons I do not produce quickly. Professional editing makes a huge difference.
Professional Cover design – packaging is everything.
10) How do you get inspired to write?
- Everything inspires.
- Some of the stories I am working on now I developed while in the real world, jotting them down in a small notebook I kept on me… (now some digital notes on my phone).
- Conversations with family and friends.
- Causal observances.