Q. When you write, do you edit as you work, or do you wait till the end and then polish? How many drafts does an average novel of yours go through?
A. If I had a pair of new shoes for every draft and revision I make to a novel I would have more shoes than Oprah and Mariah Carey combined. Everyday, I read over what I wrote the day before and edit before I go on to the next section. Every two weeks I read the manuscript from beginning to end so that I know the story by heart.
Q. Do you have other people read your work while you're writing, or do you like to wait until the story is finished?
A. When I finished North Star I had three people read it. They gave me their feedback and looked for errors and typos then I entered it in a few RWA sponsered contest. The feedback was great! I’ve decided to never let anyone read a work in progress. My book is too raw at that stage.
Q. Name one scene that you've written that you go back to re-read often because you like it so much.
A. Right now it’s a scene I wrote in North Star. It’s a moment where Caresse tries to push Graham out of her life. Her emotions are raw from what they both just experienced and she just doesn’t know if she can trust him with her vulnerability. I think everyone has experienced that with a significant other.
Q. Aside from writing, what other talents do you have?
A. In addition to writing, I can sing, cook, dance and make my dearest friends laugh. I guess you can say that I’m pretty gifted but everyone has various talents, right?
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