Goodreads Interview

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Goodreads Interview

A Shot at Peace is now in online stores. You can also find it on the Goodreads website to rate and discuss. If you haven’t read it yet, include it among the books you “Want to Read”. Below are five questions I was recently asked by Goodreads. Enjoy!

Questions from Goodreads

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

The idea for A Shot at Peace came to me late one evening while I was lying in bed, thinking about my to-do list for the following day. I didn’t have a notepad by my bed, but I did have my smartphone. I drafted an email to myself with the details and dove into writing in the morning. The story was quite different when I first began, but as I became familiar with my characters and their stories, everything came together and I feel a constant nagging to put pen to paper (or keyboard to word processing program) and finish all three books.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing about being a writer is the feeling of excitement when the story is unfolding in front of you. I have been surprised a few times by how the story takes on a life of its own and I am taken on an adventure along with the characters. I feel I am privileged to tell my characters’ stories and share them on the page.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

When read the advice to turn off your inner critic and write, listen to that advice. Get the story out on the page. Don’t be afraid to jump around to different chapters. Write to get the story out of your head and not for perfection. The clean up comes later.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am writing a stand-alone novel called Core 10. It is a thriller with an entirely new set of characters.

I also have the first draft completed of the second book in the Elta Series. I will be working on revisions soon…

How do you deal with writer’s block?

To deal with writer’s block, I will get out more and have conversations with people. It is interesting how a word, an interaction or someone’s body language will give me the inspiration I need.

Depending on the mood of the scene I’m writing, I’ll put on some music and sit for a while thinking about my characters’ emotion in the scene. Once I get that emotion flowing, the scene unfolds, once again, and I go back to capturing it on the page.

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