What authors do you read?
I tend to read good books. My mother-in-law was my inspiration. She introduced me to Lisa Jackson. I read Nelson DeMille. If you've never read any of his works, you're missing out. I can't get enough of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I also enjoy Stephen King.
How often do you write?
I try to write everyday from 4-6 a.m. I'll get in between 500 - 1500 words. Then I write, edit, drink coffee, repeat.
What bit of advice would you offer for new writers?
Write. Write. Write. Find a local writers group. They offer support, feedback, tips, and many are published authors. I love my writers group. We get together every Thursday at 6 p.m. If you're ever in the Florida Panhandle, feel free to drop by and visit the Panhandle Writers Group. We'll leave a chair for you.
How do you do research for your books?
Reading, Internet, and interviewing people. I prefer interviewing people the most because I get tips I wouldn't ordinarily get from reading or the Internet. Additionally, they give me a few gems to add to the dialogue.
I see you write, edit, drink coffee, repeat. Does this mean you edit your own work?
I edit each draft, but the final draft is done by a professional. Writers know their stories better than anyone, but we tend to miss our own errors. My writing process involves several beta readers in the process before I hand the manuscript over to the editor.