I've done several written interviews over the years. And there are some that had really interesting questions! I've picked some favorites, along with some from my reader group. :)
1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl. Mornings are nowhere near my prime time, as is evidenced by the fact my family backs away from me slowly until I’ve had my coffee!
2. What’s your favorite scent memory?
I’d have to say the smell of homemade biscuits and gravy. It’s such a southern answer, I know! I’m a southern girl, what can I say? But the smell of this brings back the memory of standing at the stove with my Mema in her kitchen - years ago, spoon in hand - as she’s teaching me how to make it from scratch. I can’t help but think of her every time I smell it (or make it).
3. Do you have a secret talent?
When the pandemic started, I got into making book nooks. I loved the challenge of scaling down objects to fit these tiny spaces. I’ve finished three and have a couple of others in progress. I'm working on finishing up a Diagon Alley nook (it's pretty detailed and has taken what feels like forever). I like to think I got pretty good at it! 😉
4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
This one works on both the writer side and the personal: Do the thing you love that makes you happy, the thing that feeds your soul, because there will never be a time where absolutely everyone will love what you do.
5. What is your all-time favorite movie or TV show?
I can’t pick a favorite! I’m a TV/movie buff, so there are several. Television shows…I guess I’d say NCIS, Castle, The Rookie (can you tell I like cop shows? lol). Movies… I’m a Harry Potter nerd, love the Marvel series, and am always down for a good rom-com.
6. Do you draw inspiration from real people for your characters?
I actually do! Sometimes it's people I know, stories from people I know, or even myself. Same goes for situations and/or plotlines. I always find it easier to write from familiar situations than to make something up from scratch.
7. How old were you when you first started writing?
Let's see, I was in about 6th grade so maybe... eleven? It started out as a hobby, mostly poetry and short stories. I had a couple of other friends with the same interest so we would read each other's stuff (before I ever knew what peer reviewing was!). In middle school, I stepped things up by submitting work to a literary magazine for kids (as part of an English class project). I ended up winning in several categories and the rest, as they say, is history!
Do you have a question for me?
If you have an AMA question for me, drop it in the comments and I'll include it in a future blog post!