1)What do you write? Romance, suspense/mystery, with humor
2) What is the best & worst part about the writing process for you? Worst part is between stories. I feel lost. The best is when the characters take over and I’m holding on typing as fast as I can. Right now my WIP has that hold.
3) When did you first consider yourself a writer? Although I had articles published at the newspaper where I still work, it wasn’t until I wrote my own fiction story and posted it in a critique group.
4) What is the best & worst advice you’ve received about writing? Best advice was: no matter what anyone says, it’s my story. The reason those words reassured me was, I still felt in control of my work. Worst advice: give it up, you can never write a book. That came from someone who wanted to but has yet to do so. I do give her credit for the challenge.
5) Which comes first? Plot or characters? Plot first, then I fill in the rest. I’m a panster, I don’t outline, just have a basic idea and go for it.
6) What is a typical day for you? Up by 3 a.m., enjoy coffee, check email, do edits – I’m better with edits when fresh, enjoy coffee, then get ready for work, enjoy coffee. I have a full time day job which gives me time to write. I’m on a computer all day at work and when I’m home.
7) Where do you see your career in five years? Lots of books published.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Not writing — Uhhhhhh, hmmmm, lol spending time with family and friends, I’m also a professional photographer, but don’t have the excess time for that, except at work.
Sheryl Locke Holmes: Book 2: Ruby's Deadly Secret
by C.L. Exline
What do you get when you add a ruby, diary, secrets, and a mansion? A motive for murder. Sheryl Locke Holmes and her best friend, Dot Watson, have been offered an exciting opportunity to explore Bridgeside, a Victorian mansion, to search for items for their antique shop. Their adventure is short-lived when they discover a diary containing dark secrets and a newspaper clipping with a warning written in what appears to be blood. They get trapped in the attic, Dot is attacked and they find out the owner died inside the house. As if that isn't enough, Jake is spotted with another woman. Clues are pointing to Sheryl as the next target, no matter who gets in the way.
Sheryl gazed into Jake's eyes and caressed his cheek. "I'm sorry for overreacting. For a brief moment, I thought I had lost you. I know better, but I'd just been with Mrs. Wallace and listened to how much her husband's betrayal had hurt her. I wasn't thinking, not with my head. Forgive me."
"Take your hands off of me!" yelled a voice in the distance.
Sheryl and Jake looked over to see Dot being physically escorted out of the restaurant.
"Look, you little toad, take your hands off of me."
"I better intercede before Dot gets physical." Jake hurried to smooth things over. "Lawrence, it'll be okay. I'll take over."
Lawrence let go of Dot, but glared at her before facing Jake. "She and that blonde friend of hers are not welcome in our establishment. Both are troublemakers. We run a reputable business and cannot have altercations disrupting our patrons."
"Like I care to go back in! I wouldn't go in that rat hole if my life depended on it," Dot said and rubbed her arm. "You better hope I don't get bruises from your manhandling me."
The man snorted before stomping back into the restaurant.
"You didn't hit Lisa, did you?" Jake asked.
"Lawrence wouldn't let me." Dot shrugged.
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