- GUEST AUTHOR -
Today, I interview an author from Arizona.
Welcome, Eve ...
1. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
I am a retired woman and although I have always loved to write, I have never tried to have any of my writing published. Upon retirement I decided now is the time to do it.
2. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
There was a family crisis which had me very traumatized, and I decided to write the true story about it. Because of writing that book I discovered I really loved to write and I was mostly interested in FBI crime stories.
3. WHAT TYPE OF PREPARATION DO YOU DO FOR A MANUSCRIPT? DO YOU PLAN EVERYTHING FIRST OR JUST SHOOT FROM THE HIP?
The first FBI crime book I wrote is titled “Betrayed” and I had the good fortune of knowing one of the doctors who worked at the hospital where this really happened. So it is based on a true story. I generally like to have a good idea as to how I want the book to start and I plan things out sometimes as I go along, and sometimes I know already in the beginning how it will end.
4. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I find writing as a way to escape the real world, and it puts me in a world where anything is possible; it is only limited by my imagination. It is also a good way to calm down if you are feeling any stress.
5. WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I think the hardest thing is to come up with fresh, new stories. And also how to fit in time to answer the never ending phone calls that come with being a writer.
6. WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
I have held a variety of jobs: real estate agent, accountant, executive assistant at a large car dealership, and also the owner of my own business.
7. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
Probably writing the true story about a family member.
8. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
Book number four in the FBI Crime series.
9. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Observing real life, and also I like law enforcement TV and medical shows.
10. WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
FBI Crime Adventure
11. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
You should know the subject you are writing about. It makes it easier and it will sound more believable. Set a goal of how many pages you would like to write each day.
12. DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
No, so far I haven’t. Stick to writing about things that interest you and it is much easier to just write naturally rather than having to use your imagination for all your ideas.
13. DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED WRITING SCHEDULE?
I like to write soon after getting up, and also early evening. I try to write a minimum of five pages at each setting.
14. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
I usually write in my office as that’s where my computer is set up. And I do not like to be distracted (if possible) so I like the door shut.
15. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
Hearing that readers are enjoying my books and the style I use to express myself and portray my characters.
16. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
J.D. ROBERTS aka Nora Roberts. I love her take on law enforcement in the future
17. WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
“When I grow up I want to be YOU.”
18. WHAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT FROM A READER?
You need more detail in your books.
19. WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU?
Yes, every book I write includes a personal experience I have gone through, or a location that I have visited.
20. OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
Taking walks, reading, interior decorating and working in the yard.
21. DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE PUBLICATION?
I am an experienced proofreader and editor, I like to do a final check on all books personally.
22. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
Usually on a weekend when I am not hounded by phone calls and I can cook, relax and not feel pressured.
23. IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE? WHY?
My life-long girlfriend, Darlene. We never run out of things to say.
24. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO WORLD LEADERS?
I would encourage keeping a close eye on what courts and law officers are doing and make sure there is no corruption.
25. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Keep on writing and see where fate may lead me.
26. WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON BOOK TRAILERS? DO THEY SELL BOOKS?
It gives you a hint about the book; but I find the back flap to be much more informative for me.
27. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
My personality is usually in at least one of the characters in each book.
28. DOES THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY FRUSTRATE YOU?
29. DID YOU EVER THINK OF QUITTING?
30. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MANUSCRIPT TO WRITE? WHY?
“Betrayed” and that could be because your first book is always special.
31. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ‘SUCCESS’ AS A WRITER?
Right now the book I wrote that is a true story is being made into a movie. If a movie is made from a book, I think the writer is a success.
32. WHAT SHOULD READERS WALK AWAY FROM YOUR BOOKS KNOWING? HOW SHOULD THEY FEEL?
I want them to realize how long and hard the people in law enforcement have to work to keep our lives as safe as possible.
33. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR BOOKS MADE INTO MOVIES? EVER WRITTEN A SCREENPLAY?
The nonfiction book I wrote is being made into a movie. The screenplay was written professionally; but I had to make many corrections to it.
34. HOW MUCH THOUGHT GOES INTO DESIGNING A BOOK COVER?
I would think that most writers would give the designer an idea of what they would like the cover to portray. It is a talent in itself.
35. ARE YOUR BOOKS SELF-PUBLISHED?
So far all have been self-published, but I am not ready to go directly to the source and have them published with me as the publisher. Or naturally, I would prefer being picked up by a traditional publisher.
36. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS.
Intelligent, adventurous, persistent, honest, imaginative
37. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? GOOD ONE?
Visions – quite technical as it portrays the world in its various stages, as far ss technology is concerned.
38. ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
I hope my books make a difference, or at least entertain the reader.
Clancy's comment: Go, Eve. Good luck.