How did you come up with the title A Change of Plans?
I never knew coming up with a title could be so hard. It took me a year after I wrote the dang book. That challenge is that there are three distinct parts to A Change of Plans and I didn’t know which one to focus on for a title. I fully expected my publisher to choose a new one, but they said they liked it.
Sometimes titles are so easy, sometimes not. Glad your publisher liked A Change of Plans! Is there a message in A Change of Plans that you want readers to grasp?
Maybe that life can still be good even when you go through really bad experiences. That while those bad things impact you, you mustn’t let them define you.
Very nice. What book are you reading now?
I’m a huge Brandon Sanderson fan, and I’m listening to his The Rithmatist.
What are your current projects?
I’m editing a companion novel to A Change of Plans, staring one of the secondary male characters. It’s funny because I almost wrote him out but realized I’d come to love him too much—and that not only was I going to keep him in but I needed to tell his story.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting Part 2 right. Some of it was trying to find the right approach. I wasn’t into telling a raunchy story about a man and a woman marooned on an island, but making it a how-to survival story wasn’t quite right either. Hopefully, between me and my editors, we got it right.
How long does it take you to write a book?
First draft? I’m fast. My first drafts are really a very long outline—that’s why I love the NaNoWriMo experience. I wrote 80,000 words for A Change of Plans in 30 days and the companion novel in 18. Of course, that first edit is when I do my real writing. That definitely takes longer. I can only compare it to painting. An artist preparing a canvass will do some rough sketches to put all the elements in their places. It’s only later that s/he will add the colors and texture and shading. That’s what I do with my editing.
I tend to write the same way so I know what you mean exactly! Time for some fun questions. If
Someone thin and gorgeous. Wouldn’t hurt if she could act, too.
LOL! If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
This is easy. I have a daughter (and 4 grandchildren) living on
Kauai. I would quit my day job and
go live with them. I’d have enough money to pay for medical insurance.
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