1. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Great question. I think a writer is anyone that writes to capture and share ideas. This does not have to be published work.
2. WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
A writer is an author working toward published work.
3. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WRITING UNDER A PSEUDONYM, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?
I had considered but after carful discussion with family we chose to use my real name.
4. WHAT DO THE WORDS “WRITER’S BLOCK” MEAN TO YOU?
When the ideas have dried up or I can’t get the words out of my head to the keyboard. I hate when that happens.
5. HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
No one likes to hear the negatives reviews yet constructive criticism can contribute to growth and development.
6. ARE THERE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS TO MODELING A CHARACTER AFTER SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
So far my stories are based on my childhood experiences. I’m not sure if it’s therapeutic but they bring back fond memories that I hope are relatable to others.
7. WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
The most difficult part of the writing process is writing to kids and trying to keep their adult reader interested.
8.HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
I started creative writing as a child with my mom’s help and encouragement. Then as an adult I spent time building a career in healthcare putting my writing dreams aside. In recent years I brought writing back into my life as a priority.
9. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
I would encourage first time writers to explore self-publishing. Traditional publishing can be challenged with lots of talent causing them to overlook some great writers.
10. WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
A story that keeps the reader interested with a message.
11. WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU –THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS — AND WHY?
For Be Wild the plot came and then I refined the characters. I knew I wanted to use some of the wild stories from my childhood and then created the character Teresa.
(12) HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
My stories are based on real life experiences and then I develop the experience into a short story.
13. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
I struggle to call myself a writer. I don’t think of myself as a “real writer”. Something to work on perhaps.
(14) HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
I’m an “old millennial”, I think we used to be called Generation Y, anyway we were brought up using social media, however, I never used social media. I never was interested in it. Not having social media had not impacted my career in healthcare so when Tellwell encouraged me to sign up for social media I was reluctant. I’m just learning how to use Instagram now. I’ve had it a few weeks. So far it’s a bit daunting for me. I’m doing my best.
(15) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
I enjoyed watching the story develop into a real book. That was wild.Honestly, I had a great experience with the publisher Tellwell. I highly recommend publishing with Tellwell.