Thank you for having me on your blog today. I'm excited to be here.
1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
I am a morning person. My brain shuts down about 8p so I write in the morning. Especially if I have to write fresh. If I am revising I can do it in the afternoon, but evening does not work. Most days I am up by 5:30, but don't really get started until the kids are in school.
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
Years ago I wrote paper and pen. Then I decided I hated the typing in time so I trained myself to write on the computer. I have a laptop so I can be anywhere when I write.
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
Anywhere. I see stuff on the news that gets my brain moving. I see a movie and think about how I would have told that story.
4: Do you set goals for yourself when you sit down to write such as word count?
When I am writing new stuff, I try for five pages a day. Doesn't sound like much, but I have a part time job and kids and a husband and their various activities. Revising I shoot for ten pages a day. Any more and I'm reading not looking at it critically.
5: Are you a published or a self published author and how do you come up with your cover art?
I am both, I guess. The Drinking Game is published as was Corpse Whisperer. But now that Corpse Whisperer is out of print, I put it out on Kindle. The cover art is a collaboration between myself and my son. He's very talented and creative.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
I can't not write. I've wanted to do this since I was in fifth grade. I couldn't stop now.
7: Do you own an ebook reading device?
No, but a Kindle is on my Christmas list.
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?
Lisa Gardner is my favorite. I'd love to list more indie authors, but until I get a reader, I can't say who I like. I look forward to discovering many new ones. Right now I am reading Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen, another favorite author of mine.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
I don't watch them, but I do have one for Corpse Whisperer. I'm not sure if they are effective, but it didn't cost my anything so I had one made.
10: How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
I began writing it around the time Horse Whisperer came out. Seemed a logical title to me since my heroine does talk to corpses.
11: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
Write now I'm working on a new writer's workshop for next year. Don't have a title yet, but it is a two week course about layering in all the aspects of a story.
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