I’ve always enjoyed writing since I was a young girl. The idea of a novel has been brewing for years. My first attempt was horrible. I had a lot to learn and soon decided the best way to accomplish that was get some help. With a background in accounting, I dare say, I wasn’t exactly brimming with creative writing skills, but with reading within the genre, self-help books and contests I managed to complete my first full-length novel. All told, the journey is now five years old. I have a wonderful editor and cover artist as well as beta readers. My ebook publisher is the best and I’m happy to report Comanche Haven is published.
Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?
Yes and excited when the first copy was bought on Amazon.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Romance - I’m working on a blend of western with paranormal at the moment. The Lady in the Mist, A Werewolf’s Tale will be the first release in The Werewolf Saga. I also enjoy dabbling in time travel.
What is your favorite genre to read?
All types of romances. I especially enjoy suspense, historical and western romances.
Do you have a favorite author?
Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?
I’m doing a pretty good job of satisfying my wants with my books so far. lol
What is one silly fact about you?
I’m extremely graceful. Not!
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I tend to enjoy my male characters very much and I think my favorite is Seth Loflin in Comanche Haven. He’s temperamental but has a big heart. I like the combination.
Does that reflect anyone you know?
My husband, definitely!
Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?
Spaghetti hands down. It’s so much fun!
If you could meet a character from any novel who would it be?
I have two. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. These two characters jump right off the page at you. I have to admit, they’re the reason I began reading as a young girl. Captivating, bull-headed and so very human, that’s my impressions of them.
Anything you want to say to the aspiring writers reading the blog?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t capable. When you get a rejection of any kind, step back and take an objective look at it. Though, you put your heart and soul into the piece, don’t take the criticism personally. Instead, think about what the person is challenging you to do without speaking the actual words. Accept that challenge, get the help, advice, education necessary to improve your work and allow it to shine. Above all, enjoy writing for the simple sake of writing.
Emily, thank you so much for inviting me. I’ve enjoyed my time with you on Self Publish or Die.