Given that we both share a love of the ocean, I thought we would take a virtual walk along the edge of the beach and have a quick chat. Good?
I’ve got my shoes off and my pant legs rolled up. It’s so great to be here Brenda.
On the surface she seems like a sweet old lady, but in reality she’s Wonder Woman. “Wonder where my glasses are.”, “Wonder where I put my keys.”, “Wonder why I came into this room.”
Read about the imaginary characters in her mind and how she manipulates them into extreme situations.
Find out why everyone she meets says ~ “I can’t believe she said that.”
I read your recipe for romance:
1 independent woman
1 stubborn man-
Add a conflict
A few complications
A common goal
Mix until well blended
Turn up the heat and fan the flames
I’d say it was darn close, not to mention that it made me laugh. Is this the formula you follow when plotting your novels?
It’s certainly the formula I refer to when developing my main characters. If their romance was too easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun. My motto is, make ‘em work for it.
You’ve stated that you always have multiple stories in the works. Do you plot out the stories as the ideas come to you and then switch back and forth? How do you keep the details straight between the stories?
I generally work on one story at a time, but when inspiration hits, I have to jot a few notes. Sometimes I have the entire outline worked out for my next story by the time I’m finished with the one I’m working on. I’m nearly finished with a sequel to COMMON ENEMY, working title, CLOSE ENEMY – I have outlines for two mysteries, working titles, DEEP BLUE and INDEPENDENCE DAY – and notes for two short story series’.
How do you work out story or plot problems?
I talk it out with my mother, sister, or daughter. They’re all voracious readers and love putting in their two cents. They lend a hand throughout the whole process with beta reading and pre-edits.
I am the type of writer who writes when I find spare minutes in my day. It doesn’t matter where I am. What about you? Do you have set writing routine?
This is something I intend to work on. My writing time is sporadic at best and I’m easily distracted. I just moved to a new house where I’m setting up an isolated work area. I need a set schedule. My mother is moving in at the beginning of the year and promises to run interference.
What brought you to the blank page? Was being a writer something you always wanted to do?
Heavens no! I’ve always loved reading, but never thought I’d write a book. It was something I fell into when I had a lot of time on my hands. I get bored easily.
Is there a specific novel or author that you turn to when you need inspiration?
It depends on what I need inspiration on. For a love scene – someone like Lori Foster, for suspense – maybe Nora Roberts, Heather Graham, or Brenda Novak, for action – James Patterson, or John Sandford. I have hundreds of favorites. While moving, I lost count of the boxes of books at somewhere around forty. There are over eight hundred books on my kindle as well.
What are your thoughts on rejection? What helped you push past and keep going?
I’ve only had one story rejected so far. My editor was great about explaining why she didn’t like it. I had already started another project, but I intend to go back to that one and fix it. The main character had one trait she didn’t like. I think the story has merit. It’s the beginning of a series I want to write.
To be honest, I think my family and friends took the rejection harder than I did. The way I see it, there’s always another story.
Do you have a favorite heroine/hero in your books? Who and why?
I think that would be Ginny Dearing, my heroine in THE CHIEF’S PROPOSAL. She’s strong, independent and intelligent – she’s also a magnet for trouble. The fact that she’s entered into a marriage of convenience with a sheriff, who guards his reputation as much as he does his town, makes this a big problem.
What do find the most frustrating about the publishing industry today?
I came into the publishing world with little knowledge and no expectations. If there’s one thing I’d wish for, it would be help with promoting. I’m still not very good at it.
What is Sandra working on today?
Sandra is working on painting and tiling her new kitchen, but if she had her choice she’d be finishing CLOSE ENEMY.
I’ve included a few before and after pictures of what I’ve accomplished this week.
WOW!! Thanks quite a difference. Happy decorating! And thanks kindly for the walk along the shore. There is nothing better than a natural pedicure.
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