About the Author
I’m a stay-at-home mom turned author. I live in Central NY where it is currently snowing and winter lasts as long as summer. When I’m not writing, I’m usually at the dance studio with my daughter or the soccer fields with my son. I’m a coffee addict along with anything sweet. I have no problem striking up a conversation with a total stranger, and some of my best friends were met through the internet.
When and Why did you start to write?
One day I was reading a short story and decided, “Hey, I can do this.” I was very apprehensive when I first started out. It was very intimidating having a stranger read my work, but I put the story on a fanfiction site. I got great reviews, and so I did another one. I had written 4 full length novels when one reviewer messaged me and asked if I had ever published anything. They said they’d buy the story I’d been working on if I ever decided to make it a book. I’d never considered writing for a profit. It was just a fun hobby. After thinking on it for a few days, I decided to take the plunge. I searched for a beta, and then reworked the story so it would no longer be fanfiction. I tweaked the characters, changed a few names, and Unbreak Me was born. This was published in April 2013, and I’ve been going strong ever since.
What authors do you always read or suggest to others?
I don’t read as much as I used to, but there are a few that I one click. Lately though I’ve found a lot of new to me authors. To name a few of the always read authors… Kristen Proby, Abbi Glines, J. Sterling, M. Leighton, Shey Stahl, Skye Turner, Jillian Dodd, Heidi McLaughlin, Michelle Lynn, Vi Keeland, K. Bromberg, and I’m sure there are others.
What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?
When I first started writing I was so scared of running out of ideas. I was right in the middle of my second book and was thinking “what happens when I finish? Will the next story just come to me? Am I going to be a one hit wonder?” It really did worry me back then. Once I took the pressure off, the stories started coming like wildfire. Now I have more voices in my head then I do time to write them. I can’t turn it off, and while it’s nice to have that problem, it’s also a burden. Sometimes I get headaches from trying to do other things. I’ve missed family time because I’m too busy listening to my characters. It’s taken me a little over a year to find balance, and I think my kids and husband are better off now that I’ve have.
The writing part is easy. It’s the rest that’s hard. AKA the publishing and marketing part.
What are you working on now?
I just finished the first draft of the next Cook Brothers book, Trevor’s book. I’m starting edits on the next Witness book, and I’m getting ready to plan out the next Sutter family book.
When writing are you a pantser or plotter?
I think I’m a little of both. I usually know ahead of time how I want a story to end, what the main issue between the characters will be, and how they’ll resolve it. As far as the meat that surrounds that? Well that’s the pantser part. I just let it come to me, and sometimes a character will completely throw me for a loop. Sometimes the best books come from those moments though.
With so books out I’m just going to list my Amazon page here although you can get my books on iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble also.
My Broken Angel HERE
Walking Among the Cherry Tree HERE