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How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?

It took three years to write The Waterfall Traveler. However, I learned a lot since then, not only in regards to how to construct a good story, but also how to have a better process. My goal is to complete my next book in 2018.

 

How do you come up with themes for your stories?

Story ideas and themes just pop into my head when I’m going for a walk, driving my car, taking a shower, etc. If the idea sticks with me for a while, I’ll explore it further by creating a rough outline. Afterward, I’ll share it with others to see if the topic/plot sounds interesting before hashing it out further.

 

Do you have a schedule of when you write? 

Since I’m a working mom, time is limited. I write during my train commute to and from work each day. Occasionally, when my son naps I’ll write if the housework is done (which is usually never lol).

 

How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?

It’s a challenge. Sometimes, I’ll be far too tired to write on the train in the morning, and peruse Facebook or Pinterest instead. But I always remind myself to stay focused even if I only manage to write five sentences. At the end of the day, what’s really important to me is that I set a strong example for my son. I want him to have a role model who chases her dreams, who doesn’t give up, and that keeps moving forward despite challenges. That’s what motivates me to keep doing my best.

 

What elements do you think make a great story line? 

Well-developed characters. If I’m not invested in the characters then everything else falls flat.

 

What was the hardest thing about writing a book?

Do you have a favorite character in The Waterfall Traveler?

It's a toss-up between Carter and Mallory. Carter is a womanizing con artist, but he changes drastically overtime, and the reader learns that there is much more depth to him. I enjoyed writing him as he has some great, witty lines throughout the book. Mallory, on the other hand, is a madman with a vendetta against the gods. When Ri first meets him, he is an uncaring jerk obsessed with revenge. However, once his past is revealed it humanizes him, and he becomes almost a mentor to Ri. He has bone-chilling lines throughout the story.

 

What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?

Spending time with my family and friends, pottery, gardening, and baking.

 

What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 

Don't doubt yourself and just write. Learn as much as you can from others by joining a critique group.

 

Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 

Yes! I always read my rough drafts to my husband who is incredibly helpful. I also belong to an online writing group, and my critique partners have helped me so much. Also, my editor, Aaron S. Kaiserman is amazing. My novel is so well polished because of his dedication and expertise. 

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