What did you find most useful in learning to write?
I read a lot, which is essential in learning to write well, in my opinion. At some point, I quit reading solely for entertainment and novels became my textbooks. I underline, highlight, note literary devices that work, and those that don’t. My shelves are filled with great writing that pushes me to excellence.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and does that affect your writing?
After nearly twenty-five years as a legal professional, I transitioned to full-time novelist in 2012. I know many authors who write part-time. For me, I’m a “both feet in” kind of gal. Every ounce of my creativity and business acumen is focused on being the best novelist I can be. . . and it’s my great joy!
What are some day jobs that you have held? Did any impact your writing?
Years ago, while going to high school, I earned extra money as a maid at the Sun Valley Lodge (I made Ted Kennedy’s bed once). The ski lodge and the surrounding resort area are the backdrop for my upcoming series featuring three sisters, scheduled to begin releasing in early 2017.
Do you have any strange writing habits you’d like to share with your readers?
I don’t begin a book until I open an electronic file and fill it with photographs of celebrities that represent my characters. I collect and store photos of locations, houses, cars, clothes…..and videos found on You Tube. This is how I visualize what I need to describe. This method also allows me to remain consistent throughout the book. And somehow my brain starts firing up with story ideas when I am impacted visually.
Oh, and I drink FAR too much coffee in the process! *winks*
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
I worked with a story consultant when I wrote the first book in the Texas Gold Collection. He urged me to name my protagonist CLAIRE MASSEY because it sounded like her character journey…..from “clear” to “messy.” That is the only time I used that device, but I found it interesting and many agree that the name issued a subliminal message. Would be interested to know if readers agree. . .
What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
Okay, I admit it! I would like to be a New York Times bestselling author.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
She loved well because she loved God.
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