Q. What was your inspiration for Destroying the Wrong?
I remember being bullied back in middle and high school. Now, that was before the Internet and I can’t even begin to imagine what kids are dealing with these days. I wanted to write a story that was realistic and I hope that some can relate to it.
Q. How long did it take to write the novels?
It took me a month to write the first draft and three months to make it better.
Q. Is there anyone in particular whom you would like to thank?
I can’t thank just one person. When I started writing, I had no clue how many people I would need by my side to turn my story into an actual book.
Q. What music were you listening to while writing Destroying the Wrong?
I can’t listen to music when I’m writing because I tend to start singing. I love music and if I know the words, I forget everything else around me!
Q. How many books have you written regardless, if they were published or not?
Destroying the Wrong is my first book that I finished completely. I attempted to write a book last year but only got about 10K words finished. I’m in the middle of finishing the second book in the series.
Q. When did you start writing?
I started writing last year but that only lasted about a month. I always made up stories in my head but English was my worst subject in school, so I never thought I could actually write a book. I’m still learning and I’m sure I’ve made my editor cringe more times than not!
Q. What do you like to do for fun?
What is this word “fun”?? I’m a mom, so my “fun” times are after everyone goes to sleep and I can read in peace. When I first started writing, I had an excuse to start meeting my two girlfriends for coffee once a week so we could discuss our books. That’s my fun girls night out.
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Q. What do you think makes a good story?
I know a lot of people like stories that they can escape into that will give them their happy ever after. I, personally, love stories I can relate too. If I can read a story and feel connected to a character or am able to picture myself in the plot, I know it’s a good story.
Q. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get a really good editor and surround yourself with people you can trust to tell you the truth. My stories always sound good in my head but when I pitch the idea to friends, I don’t want to hear it’s good, I want the truth. The people that tell you the truth, will be the same people that help you succeed.
Q. Do you think it’s important for authors to on social networks (Facebook, twitter, etc.)? If so, why?
Yes! Social marketing is how it’s done now. Facebook, Goodreads and other networks allow you to advertise your book to people you wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise. I have found, however, that you won’t necessarily sell 1000 books even if you have 1000 likes on your page. There’s a science behind social marketing and if you figure it out, please share!
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Dean Koontz was my first love. To have such a crazy imagination and then have the ability to put it down on paper with details the reader can imagine clearly, how could you not admire someone like him?
Q. What is your favorite movie?
So I Married an Axe Murderer. I can watch that movie over and over and still pick out new things.
Q. What is your favorite love story?
He’s Just Not That Into You. I love how the multiple stories have their own versions of happy endings. This book actually taught me a lot about love.
Q. What is your favorite book?
Lightening by Dean Koontz. So, so good.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Honestly, staying motivated. It’s so easy to get distracted by life and to feel guilty spending so much time in front of the computer while ignoring the kids.
Q. Do you laugh at your own jokes?
I’m the only one that laughs at my jokes. Even my kids don’t laugh because my jokes are so stupid.
Q. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
All the time. I start to second-guess myself and then my mind comes up with fifty different ways to write the story line.
Q. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The mall scene. I felt like I was there and could feel the humiliation.
Q. Who is your favorite character in Destroying the Wrong and why?
Katherine is my favorite. She’s so sweet and innocent.
Q. What do you want to say to your readers?
For those who have read it, thank you so much! Being a self-published author, I appreciate all the support my readers, fellow authors and bloggers give me on a daily basis.
For those who yet to read it, I know I’m a new author but I do hope that you give Destroying the Wrong a chance. I hope you fall in love with the characters as much as I have.
The story was fun to write and I can’t wait to share the next phase in their life.