Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?
The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn inspired me to write.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read as much as you can. And write! You only get better by writing.
Have you ever traveled as research for your book?
A recent trip to England was for research.
How do you process and deal with negative book reviews?
I haven’t had many, but often they’re kind of funny. Sometimes I have to laugh so I don’t cry. The most important thing is I don’t respond. Don’t engage or you come out looking petty.
What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
The biggest problems I see when I critique a new writer is dialogue. Look at how dialogue is written, and what are and aren’t acceptable dialogue tags. And make sure to layer in the five senses into a scene if you can.
What are common traps for new authors?
Spending too much money on writing books and writing classes. Write. Find a critique partner or group. Take advantage of writers groups on social media to find free or low-cost books or classes if you feel you need them.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
The plot. I think that happens because often I dream up a plot or a scene and the writing goes from there.
What is the best money you’ve ever spent with regard to your writing?
Hiring editors for all of my books.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote a Louis L’Amour type western in seventh grade, so I was about thirteen years old.
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