So this is my second Blog Hop, which means a different set of questions. The first questions is:
If I could achieve anything in my writing in 2014, what would it be?
Realistically, I’d love to finish three more books and publish another in each of my current series. But, in the dream world that I prefer to live in, I’d like to see my books fall under the nose of a fabulous screenwriter, who falls in love with my characters and decides to make all my stories into movies.
What are the top three demons you must slay to reach your goals?
To reach my goals I need to tackle marketing. If anyone knows anyone who’s a close friend to Oprah, let me know. I’ve never been big on tooting my own horn. Finding the right balance in marketing that works for me will be difficult. Since I have a backlist with six novels in circulation, effective marketing is something that I plan to work on this year. I also plan on examining spirituality in combination with religion, while trying to remain impartial. This isn’t always easy, since I tend to often have an opinion, although I don’t always share it. And lastly, I shall try to fight the overwhelming sensation I sometimes get when I have a story filling my head and I’m not yet finished with the research I wish to do. This problem tends to send me back to the computer where I end up adding more to the chapters previously written, which is time consuming.
Name three things that inspire you to write?
I’d have to say love. Love of learning, love of the craft, and love of people. I tend to crave learning and when I’m doing my research and come upon information that I never knew, I’m instantly fascinated. I adore writing and feel it is my calling in this life. I enjoy creating memorable characters that have feelings and flaws, and layers to their personalities. As is true with any individual, my characters are shaped from their pasts and experiences. The redemption and forgiveness that comes from love is a timeless story, for love alters and shapes our lives. And I can’t help delving into the whole boy meets girl story because I find the interaction and sometimes awkwardness between the sexes inspiring as well as comical.
What advice do you have to a new writer who is considering writing fiction?
My advice would be to write what you love to read. What book is in your head wishing to be written? That’s the one you write. It may not be your best, but writing is an art and like all things, the more you practice, the better you become. Once you have something you are proud of, enter it into a few contests to see what kind of feedback you receive. Always remember that reading is subjective and what one person loves, another may hate. Keep in mind that you cannot please all readers. I then advise you to get a good copy editor, since most readers cannot tolerate an overabundance of errors. Stay positive and write to make yourself happy, you will not disappoint.