What are the challenges you faced while writing this novel that you might not have realized before writing it? This novel was an emotional roller coaster. I became so invested I practically cried through writing the whole thing. My husband actually told me he was relieved when I said I was done because he was so upset with how much I cried.
Did anyone inspire the book? I wrote it about 6 years ago, in my Nicholas Sparks phase, but I think events inspired it more than anything. I think writing is about growth and exploring things you fear. I did that with this novel.
Did you learn anything surprising from writing this book? That I could cry through a whole book and still come out loving it and that I could truly influence and affect someone else’s life with my writing.
I know you also have a day job that you enjoy. How did you begin writing and do you ever want it to replace your day job? I started writing when I was about seven years old. I honestly don’t know how it started, but I know that at seven I started entering writing competitions and winning. I wrote my first full length novel at twelve. I would love to have my writing give some financial gains, but I don’t think I could just write all the time. I’d love to own my own publishing company and use my marketing skills to help other writers.
Speaking of jobs, what is the worst job you’ve ever had? Probably working at the Dunkin Donuts in Walmart. Enough said.
Do you have any writing rituals? I have to have music and that’s about it. I always have a set of songs or CDs that inspires each novel and I listen to them repetitively.
Anything else you’d like to add? If you read books, please be sure to leave reviews. I know it takes time, but it means the world to authors. Reviews sell books above all else.