3. What was the first book that made an impact in your life?
Oddly enough, at the time, it had nothing at all to do with writing. I took a graphic design class in high school, and the teacher made us read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. From a high school student’s perspective, it’s this massive volume with far too many tiny words, and I devoured that thing. Her writing was brilliant. I wanted to be that brilliant.
4. If you had to choose one actor/actress to play you in a film of your life, who would it be and why?
I have a not-so-secret crush on Reese Witherspoon, so that’s a no brainer. I think she is gorgeous, a brilliant actor, and an all-around nice human being. So nothing at all like me. 🙂
5. Name the theme tune to your writing process.
Words as Weapons by Seether
6.What music, if any, do you listen to when you write?
Music makes my writing process so much better! I am a hard rock girl at heart, but I do like all sorts of music. I usually listen to Pandora Radio, and because I’ve “liked” some pretty random stuff, my station has become incredibly eclectic. Which is pretty cool.
7.If you could have a cup of tea with any literary great, alive or dead, who would it be?
This is a tough question. I would love to chat with Steven King. Ernest Hemingway. Nora Roberts. Pretty wide range of choices, eh? Steven King and Ernest Hemingway were (are) simply brilliant writers, to be respected regardless of the genre in which you write. And Nora Roberts (to me) is one of the greatest romantic suspense writers out there, and I strive every day to be like her.
8. What inspires you to write?
Everything. It’s funny, because it is so true. I’ve sat at a wedding ceremony and created an entire book plot in my head, based around the photographer and one of the bridesmaids. My children do something strange/crazy/cute and I imagine it happening to two adults in a book. Song lyrics. Other books. Seriously, my imagination is so ridiculously overactive, it doesn’t take much for it to take something small and seemingly insignificant and turn it into a plot line.
9. Just for fun, find out your pen name. The month you published your first book and the first place you ever went on holiday. For instance mine would be: May Corfu
10. If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring author, what would it be?
My advice isn’t different from any other writer’s advice: keep writing. I literally did nothing but write for the first four years, after I figured out I wanted to make a living at this gig. It is not a quick road to success. Be patient. And keep writing.
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