What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? The internet is #1. There are so many yahoo loops dedicated to authors sharing information about the industry, writing, you name it. New authors can search and find them, then start soaking up all the knowledge shared by others. And there truly are so many authors out there happy to help and share.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Write. Write some more. Study the craft. Read for pleasure. Then get back to writing. It takes time and practice, just like learning and becoming good at any new thing.
Do you have any advice for writers? Find a critique group. To me, that’s the number one tool to becoming a better writer. Critique other people’s writing, and you’ll begin seeing your own mistakes easier. Let other’s crit your writing, and they’ll show you things you didn’t see before.
The key is finding a good group, but there’s a lot of information out on the internet on how to do that.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Reading, bubble baths. Now that it’s warming up, swimming. Our weekly movie night with me and the kids.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? This is a tough question. I think, in all my books, I try to show that love really can conquer all. In real life, it doesn’t have to be romantic love. If you’re surrounded by family and friends who love you, you can make it through anything.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? Well, I don’t know if I ever *could* stop writing. I love it to much, and when I don’t write, the drive to get back to it builds up. But when I’m on my death bed, I hope that I can see that I lived a life that helped others, made me happy, raised wonderful kids, and wrote some damn good books
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Genre – Paranormal / Vampire Romance
Rating – PG