If you want to know what I’m working on now, details about my writing habits, how I spend my free time, and general inspiration for writing, read on!
What kind of things do you write?
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer and novelist?
Which jobs in your career have best helped you become a better writer?
How often do you work on your writing projects?
I work on writing and editing every day. For me writing is like sleeping: If I don’t get enough of it, I feel like something’s not right. But I’ve definitely learned to take real breaks when I'm done. I used to burn the midnight oil, so to speak. Now I'm a morning person.
Do you do a lot of research and planning before you write?
I love researching and planning my projects before I start writing. I'm fascinated by how to create tension and suspense through pacing, and how to evoke genuine emotions in readers via strong character arcs. For instance, when I started planning my novel Come Find Me I decided to make one of my main characters, Mark, a Navy pararescueman, so that took a lot of research. I also like using original sources. The librarians at my local branch know me well!
From your personal life, what has most informed your perspective as a writer?
Definitely being a wife, mother, friend, and daughter. Living in Italy for five years and coming from an Italian-American family. And the losses I've experienced. Learning how to survive and thrive after losses has taught me things about life and character, and I can't imagine learning them any other way.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love reading (fiction and nonfiction), spending time with my husband and children, playing with our dogs, and baking. Writing is so sedentary by nature (though I use a standing desk when possible), so I make sure to get take long walks every day. I'm passionate about technology, and I like working on websites that I've designed.
What's the one piece of advice you'd give any new writer?
Kick that negative, doubting voice out of your mind. It's useless to you, and it can do a lot of damage to your productivity. You need to believe that your voice is unique because you're a unique person.