2. How long does it take you to write a book? Usually 4-6 months. Armed With Steele, though, was re-written once and edited nearly to death…I’ll blame it on newbie-itis. Subsequent novels haven’t taken that long, though editing for me can become quicksand if I’m not careful.
4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Horrendous. LOL I work full time, plus have a hubby and two kids. I try to squeeze in some writing time when I can--which is usually when I should be sleeping.
5. How do you balance family and writing? Some days I wonder if I’ll ever discover what true “balance” feels like. For now, I try to write when either everyone else is in bed, or when the kids are out playing and hubby is busy with other stuff as well.
7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s? I found in my current WIP that my heroine’s character flaw is also one of my own. Funny how I hadn't really noticed it before…
9. Are your characters based on anyone you know? Oh, sure, though I can’t divulge any more than that… ;-)
11. How hard is it to get published? That depends. If you are self-publishing, technology has never made it easier to get your writing out there. Traditional publishing is still extremely difficult to break into—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
12. What do your family and friends think about your books? They've been incredibly supportive. My mother-in-law actually told me I was brave when she found out I was looking to get my book published. When I asked her why she thought that, she replied, “Because of all the rejection you might get.” Truth be told, until that moment I hadn’t really thought much about that. But instead of her words scaring me off my mission, they helped remind me to thicken my skin as I began the journey toward publication.
13. What do you like to do when you are not writing? If the weather cooperates, I love to play in my flower and vegetable gardens. I also enjoy hitting the links and playing sports with my kids. When they’re in bed, the hubby and I love to jam together on Guitar Hero.
15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? Be an actress. But while I’m waiting to be discovered, I’ll write instead.
17. For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do's and don’ts for getting their material published? Do write from the heart. Don’t force your work—let the novel drive itself.
18. What are you working on now? My current WIP is another romantic suspense set in
Thank you, Kyra for joining me here today!