I live in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma. Mountains in Oklahoma you ask? Well…they are very old mountains and having been subject to millennia of erosion so they are…well…really big hills. Anyway, me, my husband and three kids have a small hobby farm where we raise Endangered Heritage Breeds of livestock. Right now we have pigs, turkeys, chickens, and dogs. I home school my kiddos and write the crazy worlds that spin around in my brain constantly.
2) How long have you been writing?
Well, I’ve always written poetry since I learned how to write and then rhyme. But a few years ago I was really bored and decided to write a novel.It was fun, but I didn’t know where to go from there. Last year I decided to try again with all the hoopla about self-publishing. I joined an online critique group and the rest is history.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
No, just alone. It has to be completely quiet with no interruptions. I usually write while sitting on my bed, on the couch,and in the car while waiting for my daughter to get out of ballet
4) Why did you decide to write Dark Night of the Soul?
I had just finished writing another book and the DNOTS story just wouldn’t leave me alone. It was actually quite cathartic for me. I struggled with suicide as a teen and beyond so it helped me work through some of my thoughts and ideas. It also gave my imagination plenty of room to roam being staged in the afterlife!
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Jayden Schroeder would have to be my favorite. She’sthe main character. She’s also a total beeoch. It was really fun getting to seethe world from her perspective and come up with all kinds of snooty bratty things to say and do. But she grows, and I was quite proud of the woman she became.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
That’s a hard one. I loved all the characters.They each had so many facets to them and hidden wants and desires. But if I had to rank them, I would say Shin was my least favorite. She is another lost soul who landed in purgatory because she committed harikari in the 16th century. It’s not that I don’t like her…I loved her character and she even surprised me! She just took a lot of research!
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do, but I also have a critique group that helps as well as a friend who is a professional editor that gives me a little help.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to read, watch tv, hang out with friends and family and take care of my animals!
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot more before I started writing, but I still do read. My favorite right now is Hugh Howey but some of my all time favorites are Stephen Lawhead and Ann McCaffrey.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
I wish someone would ask me how I came up with the names for my American characters, because I just scrolled through census data until I fell upon them. There really is a Jayden Schroeder and Marshal Britton out there somewhere!