What is your favorite thing about your writing career?
That I’ve had such a damn great time doing it! Writing brings me the greatest joy and satisfaction. I wouldn’t trade writing and publishing my books for any other career. That people are reading and enjoying my work makes me happy.
What did you want to be when you were small?
A brain surgeon. I loved things medical (still do) and it sounded like something that I would be special if I could do it.
What motivates you to work hard?
Success. Seriously. I don’t mean commercial success, though that would be lovely and I hope my books find more of it. But when I nail down a scene, capture the perfect character moment—when readers or reviewers tell me something I wrote made them cry or that I made them feel something powerful—that success inspires me to keep aiming for writing gold. I want to do it again, or better, and I work hard to bring each book up to that standard.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Whatever people want to hear… but only if I wanted to shut down the place.
Who would you want to be stranded with on a desert island?
A real person? My husband, Steve. He would never give up trying to either survive or get off that island. He would also care about whether I live or die.
Fictional person? My own characters? Hans. He wouldn’t give up trying to survive or get off the island, and he’s nice enough he’d try to help me do the same. Marenthro would do nothing because that’s how the universe works. And Dorilian would undoubtedly succeed at surviving and getting off the island, but he wouldn’t care at all whether I lived or died. Especially if he knew I was his author.
What are your hobbies?
My current hobbies are painting miniatures for board games, playing board games and card games, reading, and travel. I haven’t done a lot of travel in the last few pandemic years, but I would like to do more.
Who is your favorite author?
Me. Not kidding. I’m comfortable being around myself and I like what I write.
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