Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why would you want to write about serial killers?
Serial killers fascinate me in a how-could-someone-be-so-demented kind of way. I devour anything serial killer related (true crime books, TV shows like Criminal Minds, and the darkest of dark serial killer movies). So it was natural for me to get inside their heads, show how messed up they are, and savor in their defeats. What better way to beat a serial killer than to have him/her caught or killed by the end of the novel?
2. Where do you get your ideas?
I get a lot of story ideas from dreams, but some ideas just come to me. When this happens, I write them down. If I don’t, guaranteed I’ll forget the idea later, which sucks. Big time.
3. Do you outline your plots?
Absolutely. That doesn’t mean they’re written in stone, though. I often make changes as I get to know the characters better and then go back to fix the outline. If I’m able to keep it close to the way the story unfolds, I have less work to do when writing the synopsis because the outline acts as a cheat sheet.
4. When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a young pup. Before I could write, I told my own stories. I even directed the neighborhood kids to act out plays I’d written, but I always had the leading roles. Not sure how that happened. *wink*
I discovered a love for short story writing in fifth grade, when my teachers commented on how creative my stories were. By seventh grade, I’d started writing “books.”
5. What made you want to be an author?
It’s not so much what made me want to be an author as it was that I always knew I would be a published author. Eventually. Plenty of people tried to talk me out of pursing this career path. Even my parents. Can’t blame them. I mean, the success rate in this biz isn’t something to brag about. But deep down, I knew I would see my books on bookshelves. I could feel it.
6. Have you always written romantic suspense novels?
As mentioned above, I started writing plays and short stories, but once I “graduated” to novel writing, I didn’t look back. Because I was a teen at the time, I wrote YA romances. As a teacher in my early twenties, I was with kids every day, more so than with adults, so I felt comfortable continuing in YA. I wrote 1 ½ books in a romance series for teens, not including the other YA novels I’d begun to write and ditched for something better. Then, I met my husband, moved from my hometown, and left teaching. Suddenly, I was amongst adults on a daily basis and felt it was time to write what I read: adult romantic suspense. Best decision evah.
7. Can you see yourself writing in any other genres?
I have tons of ideas in other genres like middle grade, young adult, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, and even a dystopian idea. Does that mean I’ll ever write those stories? No. I might. But for now, I have a gazillion romantic suspense ideas, so I’ll get to work on those. In fact, I’m working on one now.