I wanted to finish a story from start to finish. In creative writing classes I took in college, I never finished the stories. Just started them and I wanted to push myself. Writing romance was a no brainer for me because I love everything about love. 😉
I think the hardest part is revision process. The first draft usually comes easily to me (though I may struggle in the middle). But revising to make it better takes all of my brain power.
Oh, good question. I think it depends on the book, it's not something that is the same for each one.
What’s the best encouragement you’ve had in your writing?
Notes and reviews from readers who see the heart and the message I was trying to convey.
What has surprised or frustrated you the most in writing/publishing?
What has surprised me the most is how badly I wanted to stick with it despite early frustrations, rejections, setbacks, etc.
What do you know now about writing you wished you had known sooner?
That my craft would improve with each book. I think knowing that might have made me start writing sooner.
What is the best writing advice you’ve received or could give?
Don't give up if this is your passion! Keep reading, keep learning, and keep writing.
Read in the genre you want to write it and see what works and what doesn't then put your own spin on it.
What is the next book coming out?
I have two collections I'm in this summer, Once Upon a Summer and Always a Wedding Planner.
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