Where do you get your inspiration?
I write from the heart. I love to read as much as I love to create a story. One word, one picture can ignite that spark into a beautiful feeling that just flows endlessly. Who doesn’t love a happily-ever-after?
Can you tell me a little about each book?
That could make a book itself lol I have over 50 published works. Each and every one makes my heart smile. But to sum it up…I write romance. Always a HEA…sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy and sometimes suspenseful.
I’m very excited about my new young adult series! A different direction this time but a sweet romance series about life’s trials, wise words left, healing Hearts and horses!
What inspires you to write?
Reading, I would say has been my first inspiration that began this journey to share stories I’ve created. My parents are a huge inspiration-my real-life fairy tale couple. 64 years together and still in love as much as the first day they met!
Tell me about how you got started as a writer.
I started writing as a teenager on the beach one summer. Not that a lot of people knew about it. I kept it to myself. Later in life, after years of being an avid reader; it was time to share my stories. From there, it hasn’t stopped. It’s an addiction!
When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?
I published in 2013. Scared. Nervous. Not knowing where to start. But determination kept me going, even after many discouraging rejections. Then one day I received an offer with the same publishing company I’m with today. The day just happened to be April 1st-April Fools Day lol but after a 2nd request two days later…it wasn’t a joke. And here I still am! Loving what I do!
What advice can you give future authors?
Never give up! Do what you love.
Write from the heart. Edit later.
What was the easiest book for you to write?
My Cyber Crime Series (Closure/Forbidden/Obsessed). It’s about an elite FBI task force hunting down internet predators from teens. Besides the fact that I love mysteries and FBI shows! As a school council chair with the school my kids went to, I hosted seminars with the local police to educate parents on internet safety to protect their kids. I’m a Mom. Always protecting my kids, along with my passion for the education system and keeping kids safe online; the stories just flowed!
What was the hardest?
The hardest was Provoked. Not just because I wrote it during NaNoWriNo (50,000 words in 30 days challenge). It is a police procedural, mystery thriller…which I love but it also involves domestic abuse. It was tough to write some scenes due to my own personal experiences.
What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?
Time! I want a 36 hour day lol
If I didn’t need the day job…I like to eat lol … I’d be writing for hours every day. Doing what I love!
What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?
It’s a love-hate responsibility lol
It’s fun to create ads, trailers, and story pitches. But it’s time consuming and takes away from writing time. There are a lot of promotional places that can help ease the promotional side but a lot cost more than an author makes lol
How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?
I write the way I enjoy reading. Being pulled into the story like I’m there. I can see, feel and be swept into a world where the characters are real and true to life.
I love researching to make them real. Whether it’s their profession or the place they live. I want it to feel real.
Every time I write the last word of each story, I have a bittersweet moment. Happy I wrote another story but sad to say goodbye to my characters. They’ve become friends after the many hours of living with me lol
But I’m happy now while I’m writing this new series…they get to live with me a little longer!
Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?
Just the once when I write Provoked I mentioned in an earlier question.
I remember that last Saturday of November. It was 2:22 pm and I wrote the last word. I think the neighbours heard my loud WHOO HOO!! I did it! 53,000 words in 29 days!!
How supportive is your family of your books?
Very supportive and my biggest fans! Not all of them read. So the ones who don’t, still brag and promote!
Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?
I’m a positive person and blessed with many readers. You can’t always please everyone in this world and in life you find true friends. Those are the ones to treasure and be thankful for. And always remind yourself you write because it’s your passion.
Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?
I’m very lucky to have great, true friends and family. And family also includes my publisher and my readers. They always inspire me to keep writing! I love brainstorming with them for ways to promote. I’m very blessed to have an awesome Street Team (Angie’s Angels) and a review group who love to read and review (Angie’s ARC Angels)…you can find us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1705342496353914/
How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?
One draft. Then I go through it slowly, polishing it before sending to the editor. After edits, I don’t re-read or I’d probably keep editing lol
Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?
More than half are already in audio! And will continue to get the rest done. Audios are great for today’s world. We’re so busy but with an audio we can multi-task! I know I love listening to an audio book in my car, going for a walk or while cleaning.
What are some of your favorite books and authors?
There are so many!! I’m an Agatha Christie fan and James Patterson too. They’ve inspired my mystery and suspense side of writing. I’ve always been a Danielle Steele fan since I was a teen. I’m a proud owner of all her hardcovers!
I love to read new authors and ones I’ve met along the way. There are so many talented writers and so many stories to enjoy.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?
Now I’m working on a new young adult series that takes place on a ranch in the mountains of Montana at an equestrian ranch. A family saga who have a love for horses and the hearts they heal. Book 1 released July 29th. Book 2 will release Sept 29th. Book 3 is set for November for a Christmas story.
In between I dabble at a suspense thriller novel I’ve been working on. And on the back burner…I’m thinking of a paranormal series.
Endless thoughts and love it!
Where can we find you on social media?
You can find me mostly on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon and wherever else I find time and a spot lol
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