How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
Hang on? Do you mean you’re supposed to work through those? Just kidding. A little. Maybe.
I’m not sure authors ever truly shed that bizarre sense of insecurity no matter how well we’re doing in the current work or in the current market. Doubt seems to be a perpetual personality requirement for authors.
For me, when doubts drag at me, it’s a matter of planting myself at the keyboard and getting lost in the story until I can’t hear them anymore. Ray Bradbury said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” It’s a quote I live by and it’s proven most helpful in this venture I call a career.
Of course if all else fails, a call to my husband or another author friend usually does the trick, by assuring me I’m not alone
What scares you the most?
Having twenty-plus years of experience as a mom, the list is remarkably short when it comes to tangible fears. Spiders terrify me. (And formatting. But I’m getting over the formatting thing.)
As for the more intangible, I’d have to say failure is the thing I fear most. My father was a motivational speaker and he drummed positive thinking and a ‘never give up’ attitude into me from the day I was born.
Good thing too.
The publishing industry isn’t known for being logical or gentle. I think that despite rejection letters, harsh critiques, and myriad disappointments, those lessons from my dad are what keep me going in spite of the risk of failure.
What makes you happiest?
My family is such a source of joy and strength. They know how to shore me up, how to help me celebrate victories big and small, and just when to send me back to the writing cave with a full cup of coffee.
I love to spend time with husband and kids, whether we’re chilling out with a video game or bouncing around story ideas for Bulletproof and the other books that will follow. One thing I can count on from my family – there’s never a shortage of opinions and I love that!
Why do you write?
Because the characters won’t leave me alone. Seriously, when it came to Bulletproof, John and Amelia wouldn’t give me a day off – and that was a good thing for my writing process.
I’ve learned the hard way I can’t be away from the writing for more than three days, preferably two. I turn into a miserable, vicious beast. No joke – horns, claws, breathing fire, the whole bit. It’s ugly.
No matter what’s going on in my life, I need to stay connected to my writing process, if only with some quick brainstorming or journal entries.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Books have always been a favorite pastime for me and I firmly believe a love of reading plants the seed that a writer eventually harvests. I was a pretty shy kid and it didn’t take long for me to realize writing was the safest and most dynamic way for me to express myself.
I still enjoy the thrill of drafting a new adventure, whether it’s a short story or a full length novel. Seeing the final draft is even more exciting, especially when readers enjoy the stories too. When Bulletproof showed up, with its hot guy cover and the formatting complete, I didn’t stop smiling for days.
I do everything in my power to appreciate each moment along the way with each story so that magic never fades.
“Dark, gritty, sexy suspense with one hell of a hot hero.” -USA Today bestseller Debra Webb
A soldier is nothing without his honor.
To avoid a dishonorable end to his decorated military career, John Noble made a deal with the devil. He gave up his name, endured harrowing training, and accepted every mission thrown at him for one purpose: redemption.
When he accepts his latest orders, providing personal security for a reporter in trouble, he bargains hard to guarantee it will be his last job for the shadow agency he knows only Unknown Identities (UI).
An ambitious reporter, Amelia Bennett, is about to break the story of her career, if she lives long enough to tell it. Caving to her boss’s demand, she hires a bodyguard and soon it is obvious John Noble is the only obstacle standing between her and certain death.
Just when John believes he has found someone he can trust and love, who loves him unconditionally for who and what he has become, his orders are amended: Amelia Bennett is to be terminated.
Introducing Unknown Identities: an alternative for elite soldiers and spies facing criminal charges… if they can survive the program.
Don’t miss Double Vision, the next installment of this sizzling, action-packed series.
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Genre - Romantic Suspense
Rating – R