When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I take little road trips — the kind where you leave in the morning and come back in the evening of the same day. I started doing that when I was living in Vietnam and I discovered I love it. I have a car now (and a GPS, because I would never find my way back home otherwise) but when I lived in Vietnam I actually joined day tours. Just played tourist for the day, basically. I think this is something anybody can do, no matter where you live. You’d be surprised at the amazing things hiding just an hour away from you, waiting to be explored.
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax?
Definitively get away from the computer. Because I write full-time, I spend a lot of time in front of the screen. It’s mentally exhausting at times, which is why is so important to walk away once in a while and just do something different.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going?
Deadlines. Deadlines are my friends. I treat my fiction the same way I treat assignments from editors: they need to get done by a certain date and that’s the end of that. I force myself to meet those deadlines by booking things like cover reveals and blog tours in advance. That way I know that missing the deadline is going to be a major headache – and it’s just easier to get things done.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
This one! All I ever wanted to do was write, so I’m very fortunate that I get to do just that. If I had to choose something else, it would be something related to forensic anthropology, like Kathy Reichs and her character Temperance Brennan both do.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
I love both. My ideal living place would be a farm or a cabin an hour or so from a major city. That way I get the silence and solitude I love but I can still drive into town for some culture or to catch a movie. And snow, I need snow, so it would have to be somewhere where I get a decent winter.
How do you think people perceive writers?
As dreamers or artists who are in it “just for the love of it.” Surprisingly, a lot of writers I know are really good business people. They have a marketing/publishing plan on hand, they know what sells and they know how to get to readers.
What’s your next project?
Book two of the Dark Tides series (Night of the Fallen) is underway. I’m also working on a serial new adult romance.
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