1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? UCLA Film School. First complete thing I wrote was a script for a class. Before that, from when I began writing, I journal wrote, mostly feelings, but a lot of lyrics, prose, and short story beginnings.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? Up at 6ish. Watch the morning news while I’m going through social networks to talk to friends, and post updates about new releases, sales, and whatever else crosses my path I find share-worthy. I start writing, (or rewriting/editing) after taking the kids to school. If it’s a good day, without a lot of drama going on in my life, I step from my office into a world seemingly already existing, and I take note on what the people in the scenes do and say until mid-afternoon, when I have to leave them, and come back through the door of perception, back into reality and pick up the kids.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I always have stories in my head, and dialog—conversations between two or more people. My block is a demon that mocks me a LOT practically every time I sit down to write: “Why are you still doing this? Everyone is a writer these days. The likelihood you’ll break through is on par with a miracle, and you don’t believe in miracles.”
It’s hard to argue with my demon’s logic. But to shut it out…well, let’s just go with, I do, most of the time, anyway.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? Both, often simultaneously. If I can’t figure something out, I’ll flip to a blank sheet and just start writing possibilities, then flip back and put the ideas into story.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published, and what was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? Both. Started out with an indie-publisher. I blogged about the experience, which did not go well. I went with another indie-press, only this time I knew the CEO personally, and it’s gone much better. In both cases, though, I’ve had to do most all of my own marketing, which is time consuming, and can be expensive, so new authors beware!
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Every reader that reaches out to let me know my writing touched them, made them think, feel, laugh, cry. I write to be read, and touch as many as possible.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. VIRTUAL LIFE is a dystopian fable, of an app that lets users LIVE stream their life from their smartglasses, and post it in real time on their VL page for public views, likes, favorites…etc. Virtual Life will become the first tale in Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone ll.
My debut novel, REVERB, hit #1 in Kindle Store Contemporary Romance, and #4 overall in Amazon’s Best Sellers Rank during a recent Bookbub promotion. Recent reviews: “Riveting; Compelling; An original and unique read.” Reverb was also #1 in Read Our Lips Book Reviews– 2013 Year In Review.
DISCONNECTED is 1990s L.A., amidst explosive population growth, and rising racial tension that lead to the Rodney King riots, Rachel searches for her knight, to no avail. Alone and rather desperate at 33, she can not settle into the antiquated roles still expected of women—to be sparkly, but not too bright, as her parents, and men preferred women to be. Then along came Lee…
8.What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? I’m not a genre writer. (I know, shoot me now, in a world that classifies everything.)
9.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I hang with my DH/BFF and/or teens, who are more like adults than kids now. I build stuff too, like tables.
10.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) Wow. Look online. There is a ton of advice. Persistence is my first offering. And try not to take it personally—the bad, and the good. Writing is a fine art. Do it cuz you love the process of writing. Do it a lot, and you’ll get better at it. Like any art, it must be practised all the time to glimpse those rare moments of excellence.
Readers: What is the #1 way you first find out about a book? Through a friend? A work associate? On the internet? From a book blog? An ad, that appeared where? LOVE to know how you all find the books you read!! And I’m absolutely sure there are a ton of authors who’d love to read your comments here!