Sunday, January 10, 2016

Reader Questions Answered!

*Have you ever said your daughter's name!? I'm so curious which princess she's named after. 

I actually usually just refer to her as E (or Magic E) and I'm afraid that's the only clue I'm giving up today as well ;-)

*Favorite dessert recipe? 

Hm, this is tricky because I do like my sweets...One of my favorites to make for no reason whatsoever (other than it was pizza night and I had extra dough) is a chocolate calzone. You just take your pizza dough (I use this recipe for homemade), fill it up halfway with your choice of chocolate chips (I like to do half dark chocolate, half white) then fold it over, seal the edges and pop it in the oven until it's golden brown. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you're in dessert heaven!

*How do you overcome writer's block? 

I don't really think writer's block is a thing...Saying I have writer's block when I can't get motivated to write is like saying I have runner's block when I can't be bothered to drag my ass out of bed in the morning to go for a run. I don't have runner's block. I'm being lazy and I'm out of shape and I broke the habit when I quit going every day. If I want to roll out of bed every morning and automatically drop my feet into my sneakers, I'm going to have to put in the work and force myself to do it every morning for a month. After more runner's block. Writing is the same way. You write consistently, you keep writing. You stop, you take a get 'Writer's Block'. At least that's how it is for me.

*Do you participate in any writing challenges?

I sign up to do Nano pretty much every year and I always blow it. Ironic really because I've written a novel in a month on several other occasions...I just can't seem to do it in November. I think it's my issue with commitment...and having someone else tell me what to do :-P I'm also part of a Romance Writing Group on Facebook where we frequently challenge each other to write our stories within a certain time frame, but that's about it.

*How do you name your characters? 

My main characters usually show up already named. If they don't, it's a lot like scrying for their identity. I have to scan lists of names until the right one reveals itself. When it comes to my supporting characters I'm super lazy. If I need a name, I'm pretty much going with whoever I know that pops into my head first. Or a name someone I know has mentioned recently. Or someone who has pissed me off (If it's a character I dislike, lol). Probably seventy percent of the supporting characters in my books share names of people I've known in real life, but that is generally where the similarities stop. I borrow names, rarely identities.

*Do you ever accept name suggestions? 

Yep :-)

*Of all you've written... Which is your personal favorite? 

That's a tough one to answer. Usually it's whichever story I wrote last...but if I think about it too much I'll wind up naming every one of them as my favorite for different reasons, lol. So, for the sake of keeping it simple, I'll go with Last Girl. Today ;-)

*Would you give up coffee for a month for $1000? $10,000? $500,000? $1,000,000?

For $500,000 and up I would....only because I have a daughter to support. Otherwise, I'd choose the coffee!

*If you had to choose only one, and you'd have to give the other up FOREVER ... Which do you give up... Coffee or Nutella?! 

I would give up....Nutella. I love it, I do...but I NEED Coffee.

*Favorite fast food? 

Hm, I don't really eat much fast food these days...I think I overdosed on it in my twenties when I didn't know how to grocery shop, lol.

*Favorite condiment? 

Brown Mustard.

*Of your male characters... Which would you most like to date?!

Well, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't turn ANY of them away if they came a knockin'...but at the top of my list is probably Riker from Tin...or Shawn from It's Kinda My Thing....of course, I love Derek as well...and Penn, God, who wouldn't want to date Penn?! Ooh, or Brady! But then I also kinda love Miles....and Carter, man I missed Carter for a while after I stopped writing Bittersweet. I don't think I answered this one very well...


  1. Thank you for all this insight!!
    I completely agree with you about writer's block!! I've never had it, but I have suffered from laziness on occasion. $500,000 is my magic number as well. For a month. More than a month, and I'll need to soul search. Uhhhh... Chocolate calzone. I absolutely must try this. I'll let you know. Togo's is my go to Fast Food, unless you count Starbucks, but I don't actually eat there. Though, I do occasionally indulge in the Quinoa Black Bean salad with chicken. Ugh. Now I want Togo's.

    1. Thanks for such fun questions!! I think it's too funny how similar our feelings are regarding certain coffee, lol. And quinoa black bean salad sounds super tasty!! I make homemade quinoa black bean veggie burgers a lot - they're my go-to for lunch most days!!