Besides my avid love of romance novels since I was fifteen, my Heroes of Henderson series grew out of the New Year’s Eve Anthology, Countdown To A Kiss, where every year, the Devine Sisters of Henderson, N.C. had a bet during their parents’ New Year’s Eve ball. The sister who didn’t have a date to kiss at midnight had to kiss their nerdy neighbor, Lewis Kampmueller.
First and foremost, I’m a reader. A romance reader. So here’s what’s on my Kindle and the audiobooks I’m listening to on my iPhone…
(Big sigh.) I’m working on it. Trust me, I’ve got them lined up and I’m as eager as you are to see what’s going to happen next in Henderson. At the moment I’m working on Mr. Wright and hope to have him out early fall.
I have no idea. Truly. Generally I start with “a beginning” in mind and have an idea of the “black moment.” But the magic happens when I sit in the chair and start to write. I think I’m going in one direction and most of the time the best twists, turns, and plot ideas happen while I’m writing. I’ve learned to trust the process.
Nope. I wish I had known I wanted to write books while I was still in college. I was a psychology major because people and their relationships fascinate me. (Not a bad thing to study for a fictional author.) I have always loved reading romance, but it wasn’t until my father asked, “When are you going to write one of those?” that I ever considered the idea. And my immediate response was, hmm, that could be fun. I think it was an angel speaking through my dad, because the moment I sat down at a keyboard with a story idea, I loved the process. It is truly my favorite thing to do.
For years and years on and off. My first novel was 200,000 words! And OMG, I went back to read it last summer and bored myself to death. Luckily many conferences and workshops through the national organization, Romance Writers of America, have taught me well over the years, not to mention a variety of talented critique partners and of course my own favorite authors. I’ve been published since the end of 2012.
Get a critique partner or two who write better than you do. Then listen to what they say. Once you love your book and they love your book, pay the big bucks to have your story edited by someone good. You’ll learn a lot in the process and will have a far better chance of making a lasting impression on your prospective agent/editor/readers.