Deal Sharing Aunt Interview
Where are you from?
I’m a prairie girl. I live right in the center of Canada, near a very small town and I love the peace and quiet. Deer come right up to our deck. Nature is an awesome muse.
Tell us your latest news?
Ellora’s cave released, The Power of Tess this week, and it’s an exciting event for me. All the author proceeds are going to benefit women’s shelters.
When and why did you begin writing?
Been writing all my life, ever since I was one of those, the dreaded teenage poet.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve had milestones that have reinforced that I am a writer, like being accepted multiple times by different publishers for publication, but I guess since I first started writing stories and poems and devouring books in my teens I’ve felt like a writer. I used to be teased by my family that there could not be any books left in the library that I had not read.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I live in a fantasy world in my mind most of the time. Writing it down was only natural. But my muse for my very first book was the movie, The Green Mile, because I wanted to live through my heroine as a healer.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write and think about writing 24/7. Slowly, I have gotten better at it. So my writing style is always evolving. I read, read, read and that helps me improve.
How did you come up with the title?
Titles also evolve for me. They often change as the story changes, or the world outside changes.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, all my stories have messages at their heart. My beliefs color my stories with different themes at different times. The Power of Tess is at its heart a true love story. I believe in the power of love and change and my own muse is my wonderful husband who has taught me all about true love. He is my White Knight!
How much of the book is realistic?
All of it is possible, though the journey is all the characters’ own.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Always a little of both. My characters and their stories get layered by time and my own ability to change and absorb our world.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Gone with the Wind deeply influenced me. I love southern belles because of it!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
They all are in some way. Every book has changed me. Every moment I have lived has changed me. And every time I write I bring more to serve the story.
What book are you reading now?
I always have a few on the go. Each week I read at least one a day. I enjoy my fellow writer’s work at Ellora’s Cave and read a number of their books each week as well. To mention the one I’m on wouldn’t be fair to all the other authors! I also love reading about how to write better.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, quite a few that I call the Sisterhood. Again, I don’t want to leave anyone out, but they all have releases from Ellora’s Cave this month and into February.
What are your current projects?
I always have a few on the go. I love to write so much that it has almost become an obsession. The one this morning is the sequel to a new one coming out soon. Hello Forever’s sequel will be Avenging Forever (working title).
What would you like my readers to know?
That I love to hear from them! Knowing, if in just some small way, that I can touch their heart with my stories, that is more than reward enough. The author proceeds from The Power of Tess are going to help women’s shelters, a cause very near and dear to my heart.
Thank you for having me visit with you today! I enjoyed your questions. They made me think and are very insightful.