What inspired you to write your first book?
My husband has been writing since high school. He’s been a published author for over a decade and over the years I’ve always been his first reader. I guess you could say I’ve become a writer out of osmosis. After giving my input for so long, I finally decided I wanted to tackle my own stories. While Glen mostly writes horror stories, I much prefer HEA (happily ever afters).
Write now I write because I enjoy it. Even with indie publishing, I think selling the amount of books it would take to make writing a career is still a lot like winning the lottery. Sure, some people win, but the odds are against it.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
My goal is to try to establish the characters’ emotions. You can’t have a romance without an emphasis on emotions. I figure, emotions + conflict = a recipe for a successful romance novel.
How much of the book is realistic?
Julia is set, as are all the books in the Good Life series, in Harmony Grove, Iowa. These are stories about small town charm and hard-working people. I don’t sugarcoat these aspects, even if some of the narrative is on the nostalgic end of the spectrum.
What are your goals as a writer?
I want to tell stories that I would like to read. I figure if I can accomplish that, then readers will eventually find my work.
What contributes to making a writer successful?
Having a thick skin is important. If you shy away at the slightest criticism, either in the critiquing phase or after your work is published, then writing might not be in the cards for you. Writing is a hard and oftentimes lonely business. One day a reader might call your book an all-favorite, while the next day someone might question your ability to string together coherent sentences. Hard work and a thick skin will take you far.
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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-13
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