Death Becomes Her
What inspired you to write this book?
My 3rd grade teacher
Can you tell me about the book?
Death Becomes Her is about a young woman who married the man of her dreams with a hidden past.
What is your writing process like?
I love writing at night when the house is quiet.
What did you learn when writing the book?
I learned time management for sure!
What surprised you the most?
The cliff hanger I left at the end of the book that has readers at the edge of their seats.
What does the title mean?
It describes the young woman’s future.
Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who?
What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended?
I know what happened but I cannot spill the beans
What advice do you have for writers?
Don’t aspire to be an author, just go out and do it. If you love to write, then nothing can change that except you.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I love writing, it definitely energizes me.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Always saying they will write but never do.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Honestly, books and television
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I dare to be different
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My books are linked under the “Silent Killer Novels” created by me.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have 2 published books and is currently working on my 3rd one.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
To get facts, I use Google for everything. I research for a few hours and plug it into my story.
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
I am still a part-time writer
How many hours a day do you write?
On a good day, 4 hours, any given day about an hour.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
What did you edit out of this book?
I edited a whole chapter about the diseased baby, *spoiler alert*
How do you select the names of your characters?
They kind of just come to me.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Teach, that’s what I do now.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Giving the main character HIV
What is your favorite childhood book?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My first one was 10 years! My second book took 2 years
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes and No, I know that everyday life can get between dreams which causes your writing to be on paused.
What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I had a journal in 2006 and the story started as a short skit for fun and then turned into a novel.
How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
It was not hard at all, publishing my work was the hardest thing I have done in a long time.
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
Not really, I just write until I stop.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I prefer to follow the ideas.
Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors?
Yes! A lot, I absolutely love the Black Dagger Brotherhood Novels by J.R Ward, I can say she’s one of my faves.
What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
The back of the cover, if you summarize your book nicely it attracts the readers. I won’t open a book unless I am already interested.
How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing?
I would be sad but not discouraged.
Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
Yes, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
How much of yourself do you put into your books?
Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
My husband, he is the best.
Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that?
Everyone has right to believe in what they feel helps them and support them.
Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that?
Not true at all, wealthy in using words but that’s all.
Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?
No way! My drafts are written on napkins, notebooks, and sometimes business cards! When the idea strikes I need to write it out before I forget and then later type it into my computer.
Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?
I honestly have not tried publishers yet.
What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?
No I have not yet, but I would not being a co-author.
Is writing book series more challenging?
Answer: No I think they are the best, you always have ideas to fall back on.
Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier?
Answer: Yes, that’s why it’s always handy to keep a pen you.
Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?
Can you tell us about your current projects?
My 3rd novel is the second book to “Death Becomes Her” called “Forbidden Fruits”
Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?
Yes, my 3rd grade teacher
Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?
No, not at all
Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs?
Answer: Absolutely, I value what my partner has to say and take everything into consideration.
Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?