Do I have to read Between the Raindrops before Between the Lies?
All my books are stand-alone books. I don’t like cliffhangers. But if you plan to read Between the Raindrops, I would suggest reading it first. Between the Lies is a true sequel and gives away spoilers critical to the plot of the first book.
How do you come up with your characters?
Most of my characters are a result of a melding together of people I know or have met. No character is exactly like any one person, but instead has characteristics from several people combined with my imagination.
You’ve said that there will be four books with characters introduced in Between the Raindrops. Does that mean Jonathan and Sarah’s story will have two more books?
No. Jonathan and Sarah’s story ends with Between the Lies. That’s not to say you won’t get tidbits about their lives in the other two books or on my blog, but I do not have any more books planned for them at this time.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I always have several projects going at one time. If I am not inspired to write on a particular book, I will pick up a different one or write a blog post.
Do you write a book in chronological order?
Never—I often start with a scene in the middle of the book. Then I write the beginning, the end and finally finish the middle. That way I always know how the book begins and ends. It’s just a matter of deciding how it gets there. It works for me.
Can I interview you for my blog?
I get many requests and am always willing to answer what I can. Send me a request on my contacts page and please provide a link to your site.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write. Just write. Get your ideas recorded while they are still fresh. Often, I find that my best ideas come at the most inconvenient times. If I am away from my computer, I write on my phone or even scraps of paper from the bottom of my purse—whatever I can find. It doesn’t matter if the thought is coherent at first. Writing a book involves many stages, but it has to start somewhere.