It’s Author Q & A time again. I’m excited to share this author with you. She is a friend and every time we connect, it just gets better. S.L. is a fun person and wonderful author. S.L. actually reached out to me with her first story Ashes of a Sinner. It is a mystery, thriller, suspense read. One of my top reads for 2017. She has a knack for giving you a story that is a page-turner from the first sentence.
She is back with a new release, Sins for Truths. Check back for my post with my review and feelings on this. Hint – it’s a 5-star read. I love her… but hate her for the ending. Warning now, it’s a cliffhanger.
She was recently featured in Indie Authors Monthly. Be sure to check it out here.
A little about S.L., she is a murder mystery/suspense author who secretly loves to read juicy romance novels when she’s not writing. She has a wonderful family and two beautiful children. When she’s not reading or writing you will surely find her at the ball field coaching.
Now on to the good stuff. I picked some random questions to ask her, I hope you enjoy this little Q&A session.
What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! I loved the book and must say that when the movies came out I was disappointed, it always seems the movie is never as good as the book. I always feel like they leave out too many details.
Who inspires you?
The person who inspires me is my mother. She is and always has been one of the hardest working women I know.
Do you fly by the seat of your pants or outline a story to write?
When I start to write I always have an outline sitting off to the side. I’ve come to realize that I mainly do this for research purposes. I say this because once I start writing it never fails that my mind takes me in directions that differ from the outline. I learned after my first book to just go with it. If my characters decide to take me to a different place, I don’t resist the temptation.
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read is tricky, I love more than one. I used to love to read murder mystery and romance. But, now that I am always writing murder mysteries, I find myself wanting to read only romance. It’s my way of clearing my head for a bit and relaxing. I’m open to reading other genres as long as it holds my attention.
What is your latest 5 star read?
This is a hard one, only because all the latest books that I have read over the last couple of years are not five stars. So, I will just list my favorites that according to Goodreads are only 3 to 4.5 stars. I loved M. Robinson! I have read the entire Good Ol’ boys series, V.I.P, and El Diablo. I also love Karen Robards, I have read the whole Dr. Charlotte Stone series. Every year I read Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. It is one of my all-time favorites.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being an author is actually two things, learning to have patience and accepting that everyone is not going to fall in love with my work. After my first book, Ashes of A Sinner, I realized that I can’t rush the story or the process of getting to the finish line. If I want to produce the best story I can write, it is a must that I let it come to me. As for my readers, I try to read the reviews and take not only the good but also the bad and apply it to my next book. My end goal is to always try to make my next novel better than the one before.
What is the most rewarding part?
The most rewarding part of being a writer is feeling accomplished. I started out wanting to show my children that if you put your mind to something you really want to do, you can accomplish anything. Most people who know me from when I was younger naturally would assume that I would groom my children to be All-Star athletes. But, in truth over the years I realized that there is more to life than being the best at sports. Don’t get me wrong I still coach them, but I let them know that even if they want to choose a different path, it’s okay with me.
You are able to put yourself and readers in the mind of the killer in a chilling way. How do you transition to that mindset?
Transitioning into the killers mindset is a scary thing for me. I must say it took me a minute to get used to. During my first book when the killer was coming to life, I found myself praying more, and questioning how far I would allow him to go. I would sit in my garage with my cup of coffee after the kids had gone to bed and write his chapters in total quietness.
Do you listen to music or T.V. while you write?
Listening to music while I write is a must, but I don’t do it at the same time. If I’m in the middle of writing I have a tendency to stop and step away from the computer to listen to the music. I find it very therapeutic. While writing, Ashes of A Sinner I found myself listening to, Casting Crowns.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is in my garage LOL. When writing I smoke and there is no smoking allowed in my house so I find myself sitting in the garage with my laptop. Matter of fact, I spent so much time in my garage writing my first book that one of my neighbors re-finished an old desk for me to put in my garage and gave it to me as a present for completing my first book.
How many books do you think you might write for Logan?
For my first series, The case files of Logan St. Martin, I’m thinking that it will consist of four to five books. Of course, with this being said, I never know where she is going to take me so this is not set in stone LOL.
What is something you must have near you when writing?
When writing the one thing I must have near me is coffee. Coming in at a close second is my handwritten notes. I love to take all my notes with good old fashion pen and paper.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food, Oh Lord, there are so many LOL. I’m from the south so the logical answer would be boiled crawfish or grilled fish, but I also love Mexican food!
If you haven’t met or read S.L.’s stories, I encourage you to check her out. To find out more on S.L, follow her below.
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Thanks for joining this blogger in my Q&A session. I hope to see you next month. 💖
– peace out girl scouts