When not writing, I spend time with my family, enjoy the Colorado outdoors, catch up on my reading, go to concerts, and travel.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have tried several different methods for putting my thoughts down, but after 10+ years of writing have settled on just doing that—writing. I don’t outline. I write one draft and recycle back through the last writing session to edit and add material. When I’m finished with the story, I send it do my editor and move onto the next. I love not being bogged down in multiple drafts.
What suggestions do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better authors?
My suggestions won’t work for everyone but I encourage all levels of authors to try it. Write the stories you like to read. Entertain your readers. Don’t think you have to know how your story is going to end. Have you ever finished a book where you already knew the ending? Trust your creativity to write the story. And as a writing instructor told me, “When you are stuck just write the next sentence and the next and the next.”
Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
My stories have all come from my love of the ancient and medieval worlds and my imagination. I write the stories I would like to have lived.
What do you think makes a good story?
One that entertains, has engaging characters, a magical/mystical setting, and moves at a fast pace.
Tell us about your favorite summer vacation. Or what you like to do in the summer.
In summer, we go down to southern Mexico for 8-12 days and just play in the sun and ocean. We read a lot, and I do some writing. We love to travel and usually plan a trip overseas very 3-4 years. When we go, we spend 3-4 weeks in the country traveling around on our own.