I am a mother of 7. Have a BS in Criminal Justice; currently work as a paralegal/legal assistant. (Would so much rather be writing full time) J
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for a little over a year now.
What’s your story about?
My story is about romance, family ties and the one the links them all to each other. Each book tells a story about different characters that have been introduced and how their stories unfold after the story about the main heroine. The main heroine is “The Ties That Bind”
What genre would you consider your book?
Give me some insight into your main character.
Each book has its own main character and they are all so different. All of them however are very strong woman who do what they have to do to protect the ones they love.
What makes your book different from others in its genre?
Each of my books start from where they were introduced and you get to see from their perspectives how things unfolded in the first story as I move to tell how their stories unfold. All my characters will appear in the rest of the other stories, but each one will be from those specific characters perspective.
What inspired you to write your book?
It was really a completely spontaneous decision. I had been reading a lot and thought to myself that I could write like some of the writers I had been reading. I also wanted to find a way to curve my own questions about what happened to the other characters in the book after the story was told for the main characters.
How did you come up with the title?
The titles are simple, the names of the main characters for that book. The series title came to me as I was writing about my first two characters. The more I connected with my characters and the main character of the first book, it became very obvious to me.
What’s your favorite part of it, without giving anything away of course?
The twists my mind finds as I write to keep my readers on the edge and unable to put the book down because they just have to know what is going to happen next.
Tell me about your writing process?
I honestly don’t know that I have a writing process, I just write. My OCD actually causes me to keep the books as uniformed as possible, like the word count for each chapter has to be very close ( 20 to 25 words difference mostly) and I try to keep the books to the same even number of chapters, like 12, 14, 16….but each book tells me when it is going to end and I just have to go with it.
What do you find most difficult about writing?
Having to make the time I have enough to write all that I want. Hate getting into the grove of writing then having to stop.
Are you a full-time writer?
No, Not at this time.
What are your writing ambitions?
I hope to be writing full time within the next 5 years (or less if possible)
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I take a step back, clear my mind and let it pass. So far the only blocks that I have passed quickly. One of them actually changed which characters became the second book. I actually have dreams about my stories and that is how the second book started and became the second book. The book I am currently writing was supposed to be the second book, but has become the third book instead. The fourth book is already starting to pop in my head.
Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes?
Nope, my books go where they are going to go as I write. I am merely the tool that puts it in type. I love that my stories take on a life of their own as I am writing them. It really makes it more fun to write when the books write themselves.
What is your favorite book?
I don’t have a favorite book, it is more books. Harry Potter and 50 Shades. I think in some ways I have kind of crossed the two series into my stories. The magic and the steam.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
I am self published, but am looking into traditional possibilities. I don’t think I would have done it any differently. I have learned a lot by being self published that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. I have also found a new kind of confidence in the experience that I wouldn’t trade.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
If you have the belief in yourself to try, then you are already half way to success. Be yourself in your writing because that is what makes a good writer great. If you connect with your characters, others will also connect with them.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?
I actually do the writing for fun. I love seeing my characters come to life as I write.
What's your biggest fear? Snakes
Who is the most annoying character you've ever encountered in a book, on tv or in a movie? Deloris Umbridge – Harry Potter
If you were on death row, what would you choose for a final meal? Steak and Lobster, Hibachi Steak with extra Zucchini, Dutch apple pie, cookies and cream milkshake (from Chick-fil-a) and a Pepsi
What is your biggest pet peeve? Knuckle cracking
If you knew you could get away with anything without consequence, what would you do? Rob a bank
What is your biggest regret in life? Don’t really have one
If you had Doctor Who's TARDIS, what time would you travel to? The distant future
Why? To experience what I won’t get to see
What is the best present you ever received? My children
What is your most prized material possession? All the cards my children have given me over the years.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
Thank you for the support. It means more than words can express.
Where can we find you?
Twitter: D M Simpson @Simpsondm7071