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How long have you been writing?
I’ve actually been writing all my life. It has taken many forms over the years. In college, I put aside my fictional writing to focus on term-papers and other assignments. In my job, I used my writing skills for web development, awards citations and annual reports. In 2015, I returned to my passion and published my first novel. And the rest, I guess you could say… is history.
I wrote a fun blog about this very topic.
Are you traditionally published, or self-published?
I am an Indie (or self-published) author.
If self-published when/why did you take that route.
I decided to go the Indie route because I like the idea of having complete control over my work. I decide the plot, the cuts, the covers and the marketing strategies. I’m fairly picky about what I want; so, it seemed like the best fit for me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. When I’m forced to take a break for too long, I miss it and cant’ wait to get back. It’s everything else that is exhausting (web updates, marketing, networking, etc.)
How many hours a day do you write?
I don’t have a set writing schedule. Some days I write for hours at a time, other days I can only dedicate an hour or two.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I rarely read book reviews these days. When I published my first novel, I read them religiously but I found I was second guessing myself too much. I actually prefer personal contact with my fans over written reviews. My favorite fan is ten and she loves my Warrior Series. I had the honor of meeting HayLee for ice cream one day and I think our time together was as special to me as it was to her. I will occasionally skim through reader comments if I’m actively promoting a certain novel; but, I don’t dwell on them anymore.
What is your favorite childhood book?
As a small child, I loved the Boxcar Children. Eventually, I progressed to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries. In my teen years, I devoured anything by Agatha Christy.
Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?
I have many favorite authors, there are so many truly incredible stories tellers to choose from. But, if I had to pick just one, Nora Roberts would be at the top. She is truly talented and I admire the way she can develop any character, in any story so the reader feels like they are hearing from an old friend; someone they’ve known for years. Her vivid descriptions draw you into the story and make you feel like you are actually there, experiencing the events first hand.
I consciously work to develop my stories to achieve this same feeling of familiarity. I also work hard to describe my scenes using all the senses to make the reader feel like they are smelling the flowers, tasting that hot dog, hearing the crowd roar or swiping that bead of sweat from their brow on a hot day.
Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?
I currently have multiple projects in the works. In addition to my third criminal suspense novel, I am working on a new Immortal Trilogy. The release date for book one – Divergence – is still unknown but I’m having a lot of fun writing about a group of Demi-Gods and their rivals; the Titans. In the meantime, check out my other books. My Warrior Series is a complete paranormal romance collection that consists of seven books and two novellas. My brochure has detailed information, book links and eBook trailers. Be sure to check it out.
I’m also participating in a multi-author anthology this fall. The entire collection consists of psychological horror stories written by amazing authors. It is sure to be dark, disturbing and will certainly go bump in the night.
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Thank you Theresa Jacobs.