I met D’Ann through another author friend I had connected with online. When we discovered that D’Ann and I live close to each other, I was ecstatic to meet another romance writer. Certain I was the only romance writer in a 250 mile radius, D’Ann proved me wrong. In a fantastic twist of fate we were connected and since then D’Ann has started a group of Western Colorado Romance Writers. (Left to right in the photo: Summer Vierra, Christina Hovland (me), Autumn Piper, RaeAnne Hadley, and D’Ann Lindun.)
It’s a great thing to meet face-to-face with other writers of the same genre. I’m blessed to be included with these wonderful ladies and so grateful to D’Ann for facilitating. She is a wealth of information and a fantastic author.
When did you start writing?
In 1991. My cousin, and a lady who would later become my BFF, took a non-credit class at the local college from Margot Early, who was just publishing at Superromance.
Why did you start writing?
I had always escaped horrific bullying most of my life by making up stories in my head. Writing was a natural extension of that.
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome with your writing?
Publishing! I didn’t think it would ever happen. So many rejections! Well over 200, maybe more!
What is your method? Are you a plotter/panster/etc?
I see a scene in my head and the story springs from that. I am a complete panster. Plotting ruins the fun of it for me. To do so makes it work. The exception is I sometimes will block the last 2-3 chapters. What I mean by that is I make squares on a piece of paper and will write in what will happen in 1-2 sentences.
Favorite book boyfriend?
Don’t have one. That would be like having a favorite child. One that I like a lot is Cordero Ybarra, from Vaquero, a Mexican-American, who is marked with a cattle brand on the back for his race.
What are things you notice now when reading for fun that you didn’t notice before becoming a professional author?
Plot holes, bad grammar. Mistakes in general.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to become an author?
Know the craft before submitting! I wish I’d learned that before I started! I wouldn’t have so many rejections. LOL Find a good critique group, or mentor.
What are pitfalls you wish you had avoided?
Signing with a bad agent out of desperation. It got me nowhere, and in fact, set me back quite a bit.
What is your favorite thing about being a published author?
Readers! LOL Seriously. There is no feeling like getting a fan letter, or someone joining my street team because they loved something I wrote.
What is the thing you are most proud of?
That I never quit. That I hanged tuff and didn’t lay down in despair. My road was long and difficult, but it makes the success that much sweeter.
When is your next book coming out?
Today! Two new releases today!
More Cowboy Country, an anthology, and Lovin’ Christmas, also an anthology.