Today we have a very special, honored guest, who is also on our Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour!
In the novel, Still Rock Water, Liliha has visions. Struggling for her own identity, she’s hindered by malevolence and roguery while exerting positive influences over others with her magic ring.
Why did you decide to write paranormal romance novels?
I write about visions, concepts and things we cannot see, yet know exist: kindness, understanding and a sense of fate. Love is the most basic and important of all human emotions. Love, in all its forms, is part of every story. In Still Rock Water, Liliha seeks romance after losing everything—her home, her children and her marriage.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Everything. We must draw on our own understanding when we write. In this first book, I used the failure I felt after my marriage broke apart as a basis for the character.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
After I’d embroidered all the pictures one woman could possibly need, written over one hundred and fifty poems, and composed ninetyish songs, I knew I had to do something that I would never tire of.
My stories started out based on my own experience with a bipolar husband and a move to England, although the visions are gleaned from news articles. The story developed into an adventure that went beyond my knowledge and tapped innate wisdom.
Still Rock Water features a spiritual woman living a normal life—except she is whisked away to out-of-body experiences all over the world. My character, Liliha, mimics my life and expresses my optimism in her determination to succeed. She is a strong role-model among women characters with her empowerment to do something about suffering and injustice. The novel illustrates the principle of positive thinking and the trust that things will work out. However, things don’t always go as we hope and plan.
Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
I can write the first draft in about two months, but it takes about a year to finalize the revisions.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I wake early and while the house is quiet, and write all morning. Later in the day, I go back to the computer and work on other matters. My husband makes me cups of tea during the day and attends to the cooking and housework because he’s fitter than I am.
Where do your ideas come from?
Ideas flit around my mind all the time. Best of all, during meditation, new thoughts come so fast I almost forget the first ones before another one arrives.
Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
I’ve also written a series of five books with a co-author about a post-apocalypse adventure. I write best in the mind-set of characters, working out what they’d do in different situations. Fortunately, I have a wide base of experience. Hehe. One of the benefits of age.
How many books have you written, how many have been published?
I’ve written ten books. So far, three have been published. Three more are due to be released soon.
My books: http://tinyurl.com/944kqxm
Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
In Still Rock Water, Liliha is my heroine. Although she starts off naïve, she’s strong and smart. Instead of a sword, she uses her sharp mind to help those she contacts in her visions. I’ve used real stories gleaned from newspaper articles for the situations she finds herself zapped into.
What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun?
I’ve written a first draft of a novel set fifteen years into the future. The most difficult thing was to work out the changes in technology, dress and the way society would have progressed.
Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
In Still Rock Water, the story came first. I needed to write about things I’d experienced in a way that would capture the reader’s interest. For the futuristic plot, the setting and events that led to the apocalypse came first.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
For a wise (read mature) woman, the reward of fulfillment exceeds the effort needed. There is no time to decry my advancing years or worry about whether I need a face-lift. I’m happy doing what I love with nothing to hold me back.
Thank you, once again, Francene for joining me today. I wish for you the best in your writing! Thanks for being my honored guest today.
Also going on today, I’m guest posting on Devorah Fox’s blog.
Devorah is guest posting on Alesha Escobar’s blog.
Alesha is guest posting on Cecilia Robert’s blog.