How long have you been a writer?
I feel like I’ve been writing all my life, but I took it up seriously about five or six years ago. The first novel I did still sits in my desk drawer. The second was Russian Dolls, the first of the Neve & Egan books.
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
About a year, if I remember correctly. Roughly four-five months were spent writing it, and the rest of the year went into the editing process. That was the biggest surprise of the project, the editing. I never thought it would take more time than writing.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Plotter, definitely. I firmly believe in the power of the almighty outline. I can’t start writing without knowing where the story is going, and how it’ll end.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Keeping up the pace. If I’m not careful, I let emotional scenes go-on too long.
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
My books are part of a series, and although each can be read as a standalone, there’s a bigger story arc playing over the first four books. From the get-go, I had an idea of what each story would be.
Also, I always have two books in the works at the same time. The last stages of writing a book involve a lot of waiting around and doing nothing (waiting on feedback to come in, waiting on the proofreader, …). It’s at that point, that I actively start writing the next one.
When not writing, how do you relax?
I watch a lot of TV, listen to music. In the summer, I love going for walks in the sunny countryside.
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
I’m working on the next book in the series: Blind Chess. It picks up right where Danse Macabre ends.
Originally posted @ Warrior Princess Romance Writer