What made you choose Red Adept Editing?
I knew of Red Adept from Writers Café on the KBoards. No matter how good you think your manuscript is, having an editor, in my opinion, is necessary. I’d rather focus on my writing and let the editor tweak the areas that need tweaking. Having several choices for editing options appealed to me, and the one-pass line edits work perfectly for my needs.
You’ve worked with Sarah and Angela. What did you enjoy most about working with them?
They’re both great editors, and I like the opening paragraph they both include in their editing notes. They also add cute anecdotes in the sidebar of my manuscript, which make me laugh and offer words of encouragement.
Are your books standalones, or do they need to be read in order?
I’ve written two series so far, each containing five books. Since the characters carry over from book to book, they are best read in order even though they don’t contain cliffhangers.
You’ve published the Like Sisters series and Southern Comfort series. Do you have plans to write more for these characters, or are you starting something new next?
Funny you should ask! I’ll never say never, since I’ve grown to love these characters and really enjoyed creating and developing their personalities, but I have started writing in a different genre, for now anyway.
You write contemporary romance and comedy romance. What’s your favorite part of writing romance?
My favorite of the two is actually romantic comedy because I do add a lot of my own personality and sense of humor to the stories. Many of the books have bits and pieces of my own life in them. I always want my main female character to be happy in the end, and what better way than with a wonderful male love interest? I want the male characters in my books to be men with a fierce love and devotion toward their woman. They also need to be loyal friends and protectors of my female characters’ best friends as well.
Yes, and that’s what I’m doing right now. I love romance, but I think I can be a lot more creative writing in a different genre. That doesn’t mean I’ll never go back and add more books to these two series. Right now, I’m trying my hand at crime thrillers and really enjoying it.
What part of self-publishing do you enjoy the most?
I’ve been self-employed for nearly twenty years and like calling my own shots. Self-publishing allows me to make my own schedule and have control over when I write. I can vacation and write too! I love that aspect of being self-published. I write whatever I want, whenever I want. I have a large part in my cover designs as well.
You have some great covers. Who does your cover work?
I have used Damonza.com for a standalone book I wrote several years ago, and Alicia did a great job. Yoly Cortez of Cormarcovers.com has done the covers for my Like Sisters and Southern Comfort series.
I try to stop thinking about writing, but it isn’t easy! I dream about plots all of the time, so it’s hard to get that gerbil off the wheel. I do spend a fair amount of time writing newsletters when I have a new release, scheduling ads, and responding to fan mail…go figure, fan mail—really? I love to read, but I also enjoy letting my artsy and creative juices flow. I love making handmade bath soaps, creating garden art, and painting gourd birdhouses. I love hiking, bicycling, but most of all traveling. I have a strong sense of wanderlust and would travel the entire world if I had the time and the means.
What advice would you give to a new author?
Read, read, and read some more, especially in the genre you want to write in. Study and learn your craft. Do plenty of research. Get professionals to do your editing, formatting, and covers. Focus on the story you want to tell and let the professionals do the rest.
Where can readers find you?