Interview 26

9 January 2015


Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author.
I’m very determined, and I don’t give up easily. Once I have decided something, I stick to it.

Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you?
I chose the genre first. I knew I wanted to do a PI story. Then I created the characters, and then came up with ideas for their first case.

The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter?
Plotter definitely. I start each book by writing a long detailed outline. I have to know where the story is going, before I start writing the first word.

Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline?
No, not yet. I don’t have any irrational fear though. I don’t really like snakes, or heights, but I’d still jump out of a plane with a parachute if I had to, or pet a snake.

Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you?
I’m one of these people who work very well under pressure. I’m well organized and good at prioritizing. The rush of adrenaline induced by a deadline gets me working faster.

Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention?
It so depends on the scene, and the character. I think I’d have a hard time being in Egan’s shoes any day of the year. I’d bump into every furniture and probably break something within the first ten minutes. Handling Neve’s life would be easier, I guess. I wouldn’t mind doing a bit of sleuthing. I think I could be good at it.

Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without.
I love writing in bed. It’s all warm and cozy. I don’t really eat while writing — because I need my fingers — but, I often start a writing session with a bottle of Coke, for the caffeine boost.

Writing inspirations?
All the many TV Shows, movies and books I’ve seen/read in my life. I’m a sucker for a good detective story.

You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
Well, that would be Mister Jim Butcher, and I’d want to know the plot to his next ten books. And also maybe, if he has James Marster’s phone number (he’s the one who narrates Butcher’s audiobooks).

I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t.
They don’t always get it when you’re in “writing-mode” and you just have to stay inside, one your own, and write, write, write all afternoon.


Originally posted @ Danita Minnis