1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author? I realized I wanted to be an author when I started to write. I had this thought of writing a book, but it wasn’t until I started that I was like, “I love this, I hope I get to do this when I grow up!” Which is awesome because I when I had to stop working with horses after my back injury, I thought I’d never love doing anything again.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books? It’s hard to say really, it’s based on how much I have going on. If my day goes well I can write for several hours. If I have three peed beds, two sicks dogs, and a full moon, not so much. It took me over a year to write the first book, but I suspect the second time around will be easier. That’s the saying, right…
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing? I’m busy taking care of special needs rescue dogs. Like, BUSY BUSY. I balance the writing according to that. It’s how I roll.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I think I write the way I speak, and it probably comes across like that weird aunt who tells crazy stories at Christmas. Like, she’s laughing her ass off (at her own story) and everyone else is laughing their asses off (at her). I guess we’ll see if I get invited back next Christmas…
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books? I have thirteen dogs, it’s not hard to come up with this stuff!
6. When did you write your first book? I started writing The Buddy System over eight years ago, but then we got the sick puppies and that was that. I started again last year and published just before Christmas. God willing and nobody drops off a chicken coop full of puppies this winter, I’ll have volume two, Friends of Cole, published about the same time this year.
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing? Hobbies? If crying, cussing, and cleaning count, then those…
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing? My inner circle is super supportive. Mostly because they hope the books do well and I stop borrowing money from them for vet bills. But I’ll take it, support in this world is rare and so important to have!
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book? That I loved to write. And that I was smart enough to navigate the process. I was so dumb when I started! There’s the writing and the formatting and the publishing and the marketing. I was so overwhelmed. But I’m getting there and it’s nice to feel like I’ll make it. Baby steps, but I’ll make it!
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite? This is my first book, and it will probably be my favorite for that reason. Buddy Lee was such a powerful influence in our lives, I think he’ll always be our “number one”.
11. What do you think makes a good story? Connection. I think regardless of the genre, if you can connect with the characters or story line, you’ll love what you’re reading.