When asked to share about my writing career…
I think of it more as a writing life. Writing is what I do—it’s what I’ve always done.
I have this vivid memory of me in second grade, struggling to put a story into words and onto a page. I wasn’t so much striving to get an assignment done as I was awakening to this deep-seated need in me to sculpt a scene with words.
Zoom ahead decades later and here I am, responding still to an urge within that wants to write.
I am the author of historical and contemporary romance novels. I also enjoy writing nonfiction articles. By day, I create fundraising material. So I pretty much write all the time.
I think it was Louis L’Amour who once said a person can be a writer from cradle to grave, or something similar. I like that—and yep, it’s my goal.
When asked what advice I might offer pre-published writers…
Don’t let your writing keep you from reading. Make time every day for reading—and read widely. Step outside your comfort zone/zip code/present century and immerse yourself in diverse voices.
Other than that, keep writing. The more you write, the better you’ll write. And the more you read, the better you’ll know what to write and what not to write.
The more you encounter the beliefs and ideas of others, the more you come to understand the human condition. Your writing will begin to reflect what it is to be human. And when you can write about that, I suspect you’ll be creating powerful pieces.
When asked what advice I would give my younger self…
I would say, without hesitation: “Dear, sweet, beautiful-hearted you, trust in your God-given talents, celebrate them. Slow down. Relax. Enjoy. Always choose hope and happiness. Surround yourself with those who bring you joy and with things that stir your wonder. And just plunge, heart and all, into this moment, this piece of now.”