I was making up complex stories and imagining all kinds of internal dialogue when I was ten years old. My mother was convinced I was a compulsive liar; my father held out for future fiction writer. Which just goes to show that Mother is NOT Always Right. Or maybe that Father Knows Best. I know: groan…
Writers have one indisputable career responsibility: to get better and better. Writing classes can help, as can books on writing, but what really helps is―you guessed it―writing, writing, writing.
I've written nine novels now. Three have made it into print so far, with number four breathing hot down their well-bound necks. When I wrote my third novel―the first one published, I didn't know a genre from a genome. As a result, IF TRUTH BE TOLD is a mish-mash of genres: romance, suspense, women's fiction, and a classic coming of age story. I was lucky to find a publisher. The second, OF WORDS AND MUSIC is indisputably women's fiction. Then I stumbled on my genre of choice: MYSTERY!
Writing LIVE Ringer (released 4/2010) was the most fun I've ever had out of bed. Writing mystery is even better than reading mystery because, although I'm not sure what's going to happen next, if I don't like the outcome, I can change it. Now that's power!
I'd intended my first mystery, LIVE Ringer, to stand on its own merit, but there was so much more I wanted to do to the characters that I couldn't rest until I'd written LIVE Ammo, due out later this year. I'm currently working on LIVE in Person and have several more cooking in my mental oven.