What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Most of my challenges are creative ones. It’s difficult to just sit down and be creative. It’d be nice if there was a handy switch, but since there isn’t, I’ve spent many hours just staring at the screen, waiting for ideas to come. Oh, and I hate writing bios!
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
I love that I have a legitimate outlet for my imagination! And I’m also thrilled to be able to minister to people through my books.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? (Or somewhere in between?)
I can’t outline. To me it stifles my creativity. I definitely just sit down and write, and that very often means I have to go back and add in or change material to suit the twists and turns that develop as I go along.
Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?
Absolutely! They’re really responsible for developing the story. Everything that happens in life affects people differently, so once I plug the characters into certain situations and have them react accordingly, I figure out a little bit more about them.
What other new projects do you have on the horizon?
I’m nearly through with the sequel to Fireflies In December, and I also hope to write a third novel in the series.
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
I’d say a lot of people did. My writing is an amalgam of so many things – people I know, people I’ve read about, characters I’ve seen in films. Writing in first person as I like to do, my narrative is as inspired by different characters as my dialogue is. So many people, real and fictional, can be credited with influencing my novels.