When did you decide that you would be an author? Was it something you fell into, felt called to…?
When I was in junior high school a friend said she wrote stories. In them, she’d put herself into situations with famous musicians and actors mostly. We wrote these stories for years and would read them to each other over the phone. I wrote all the time back then- nonstop! Then, in college when my first major fell through (athletic training… what was I thinking?!), I ran back to the safety and comfort of English and writing. I’ve been writing ever since.
What’s your pet peeve?
People who don’t put the shopping carts back in the ‘return’ areas in the parking lot. And people who text and drive.
What was your most embarrassing moment as a writer?
When I first ordered business cards and the lady on the phone asked if ‘freelance’ was one word or two. I had a brain-freeze and said two, and ended up with cards that said I was a ‘free lance writer’. UGH.
What has been your most difficult challenge as an author?
Just finding the time to write! I have a busy schedule with work (as a writing and film professor) and family, so it’s often true that I don’t write on a daily basis at all. But, in the summer, I try to make up for that.
How do you process rejections and/or negative reviews?
I see if there’s something I can learn from them… as in, is there any merit to the critique? Otherwise, I try to file them away and remember why I’m writing—for God’s glory, not mine.
First, it was getting an agent, and now it is the release at the end of August of my first novel.
What would be your top three pieces of advice to newer, up and coming authors?
Keep writing, continue to learn and sharpen your writing skills, and read a lot of different kinds of books, articles, and many authors.
As a Christian author, what would you like your legacy to be?
I enjoy keeping people entertained and making them laugh (or even cry when the mood/ tone of the book warrants it). I hope I’ve done this for my readers
What is your current work in process?
Currently, I’m editing a novel tentatively titled ‘Roundabout’. The piece is about a man who is trying to do right for his family but struggling with how to protect them, while still dealing with some difficult truths. It is a story about forgiveness and second chances.
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