Where there alternate endings you considered for this book?
Oh my goodness, yes!
As a reader, I get really annoyed when I spend hours of my life getting emotionally invested in a character and then the author ends the book with “and then everything blew up and they all died” or “and then the selfish, controlling love interest had a complete change of personality, and they got married and lived happily ever after.” Sheesh. Writing is hard, and writing a good ending is the hardest part!
On top of that, finding a place in the story to end a book (but not the story) is hard work. I want the reader to feel that there’s a natural break, and that the ending feels satisfying, but I also want to leave enough unanswered questions to make her want to pick up the next book. (Some readers don’t think I did a very good job of it, but I hope that there are a few who will trust me with their time and emotional investment. I know I’ve got a lot of plot threats going, but I plan to weave them all together in the end!)
Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?
A few years ago, I quit my software job to stay at home and raise my kids. (Being a mom is the hardest work I’ve ever done, no contest, but also the most rewarding!) Still, I needed something to keep my brain from turning to mush, and writing allowed me to live and breathe in another world. It was my escape, and it gave me something that was mine alone. I wrote late at night (after the kids were in bed) or while sitting in the car during music lessons or in the waiting room at the dentist’s office. Whenever I had a free moment, I took out my laptop and dove into Isabel and Diego’s world.
Now that my kids are older, I’m back at my “real” job, but I still find time to escape and write nearly every day.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why?
It would be difficult for me to write a book with a protagonist like the ditzy woman in Fifty Shades of Grey. I joke with my editor about writing a runaway bestseller with an idiot, klutzy female lead and her rich, gorgeous, classical-piano-playing, controlling lover, but it’s difficult to write when I’m gagging. 😉
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
My life changed the day my fourth-grade teacher started reading A Wrinkle In Time to my class. I was transported to another world, and I never wanted to come back.
As a teenager, I voyaged through the worlds of Clarke, Asimov, Vinge, Card, Le Guin, Heinlein, Morgan, Rowling, Steinbeck, Moore, Willis, Simmons, Brin, and many others. Hard sci-fi was my drug of choice, and I consumed a lot of it!
Nowadays, I’ll read anything with a compelling voice and tight prose. I love books in lots of genres (sci-fi, action-adventure, mystery, suspense, history), especially edgy, steamy, funny books that include a heart-wrenching love story and allow me to see the world in a different light (without the need for zombies, vampires, magic rings, shape-shifters, ditzes, or demigods).
Book 2 in the Between Two Evils series will be out in late spring (2016) with book 3 to follow 6-9 months later. I hope to have all five books published by the end of 2018.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Not strangling the guy in front of me on the airplane who had the gall to put his chair back when I had a 9-month-old infant sitting on my lap (and then complain that the baby was bumping against his seat and making it impossible for him to drink his martini).
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
With more wrinkles, a saggier (is that a word?) butt, and more gray hairs. (Of course the alternative is worse, so I plan to enjoy as much of it as I can.)
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Ebooks, no contest.
It’s not the paper or the typesetting or the cover art that I love (although I do enjoy those), it’s being transported to another world.
(Oh, and I love trees.)
Awesome, so few authors actually say e-books! And trees rock!