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(Q) I think it’s pretty safe to say that most writers love reading. What are some of the books that influenced you the most? Anything you’d like to recommend? J
I remember when I found Charlaine Harris' books the Sookie Stackhouse series and thought they were a lot of fun and knew I could probably write a series similar to it, but my own brand of humor/mystery/adventure and so I began developing it.
I also began reading Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan books.
But my biggest influence from any author would have to be from JK Rowling. You gotta love how she was able to weave so much emotions/relationships into her books, and of course the magic. Plus developing lovable characters that I just didn't want to leave—I wanted to crawl into the book and be with them! That's how it got me started. I wanted to create something similar, but for adults. The book I wound up writing was Spell of the Black Unicorn, which I self-published in 2008 (paperback only). This one I'm going to release as an ebook later on this spring.
My Sabrina Strong books came later.
(Q) What is your favorite part of the writing process? What about it makes you love it?
I love all of it. Even the editing, I don't mind that. But what is so awesome is when I come to a point in the book and think “hmm, what needs to happen here?” I know from experience that I don't need to try to think of anything. It will come. It might take only that night—when I actually get into bed and the idea pops into my head! Or it may take several days. In which case I just do something else for a while.
(Q) What’s your biggest pet-peeve when it comes to the writing world? Does anything get under your skin and itch?
Oh, lots of things. And actually this burns me. I have been writing and putting my stuff out there for 40 years. It makes me angry when someone's only been writing for a few years and somehow found an agent and makes it big. I mean it's silly of me, but really? And then they go out and write a “How to” on the craft of writing. Pleeeeez. I guess I'm saying the unfairness of it all just irks me.
I know a lot of talented writers go undiscovered every single day. They get rejections. Lots of them. It's money. That's all it is is money. If the agent doesn't think they can make money from your work they chuck it. I don't think it has anything to do with how well you write (obviously because 50 Shades was published)
(Q) If you could meet any writer, living or dead, and pick their brain over coffee/tea/hot-chocolate, who would it be? What would be your first question?
Definitely it would be J (Joan)K Rowling.
I'm not sure what my first question would be. I think it would just be fun to talk about writing in general. She'd invite me for a lunch in her castle. I'd have to buy something appropriate to wear, of course. I'd meet her family. We'd walk out in the gardens. Then we'd talk about what I'm writing and then she'd introduce me to her agent and ... hey, it's my fantasy. Why not?
(Okay, love that answer!! It is your fantasy, so why not! Can I get a recommend to that agent, too? :)
Readers, what might you want to ask JK if you got to stroll around her gardens?