1. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Someone should call themselves a writer when they first begin to write. It is important to believe in yourself and if you believe you are a writer then you are.
2. WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
A writer is someone who writes poems or stories but an author is someone who publish their work.
3. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WRITING UNDER A PSEUDONYM, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?
No. Because I want people to know the real me and get to know the real me through my writing.
4. WHAT DO THE WORDS “WRITER’S BLOCK” MEAN TO YOU?
Sometimes it is hard to write and let those creative ideas flow. Sometimes you can go blank and it can be frustrating but if you keep trying you can overcome writers block.
5. HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
I realize that it can happen and I am ok with that because people are allowed to have opinions even if it isn’t what I was a negative review.
6. ARE THERE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS TO MODELING A CHARACTER AFTER SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
Yes. Both characters of my books are based on my daughter. It is familiar to you and helps those creative ideas to flow for sure. It is therapeutic because you know the person so it helps you create a great character.
7. WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Sometimes the most difficult time to writing is finding an plot and characters that you feel people will like or relate too. But if you keep up the good work it can get easier to write what you want.
8.HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
I have been writing since I was a little girl around 8 or 9 years old but I didn’t start writing books until 2 years ago. I love writing and it is a passion of mine so I have been doing it for years.
9. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
My advice would be to continue to write what you love. TO have as much fun in the creative process as possible and don’t worry if people will like the book or not because someone always will.
10. WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
The most important elements of good writing is if the material catches people’s attention and grabs a hold of them.
11. WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU –THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS — AND WHY?
Sometimes it is the plot and sometimes it is the character. For my first book, “I think I saw a Bug,” the plot came first. For my second book, “Mommy I had a Dream,” the character came first.
(12) HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
I develop my plot and characters by observing the world around me. But for my two books they were based around my daughter.
13. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
I first called myself a writer at a young age because I was always writing poems and shorts stories. But I really felt like a writer when I wrote my first book two years ago.
(14) HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Social media is great as an author because you can reach people from all different parts of the world. Also you can put your books out there a lot easier and faster than just word of mouth.
(15) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
My favorite part of publishing is getting the book published. It’s a great feeling to see your book printed and for many people to access and read. The worst part can be if you want to change something but you can’t because you already have it published.
(16) WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
If an author wants to design their own cover I say go for it. Life is too short not to try and if you don’t like it you can always get an illustrator if you need a back up.