1. When did you first realize you wanted to become a Writer/author?
I was 7 years old when I started telling myself bedtime stories after my parents left my room. And I was 10 when I started writing them done. I would always write, but people spent a lot of time telling me I’d never be an author because it wasn’t a paying job and it was impossible to get published. So the answer is forever, but the reality of achieving that came in 2011.
2. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Many of my ideas come from questions I want answered, like what would I do if I was a Navy SEAL in love with two men? THE NAVY’S GHOST. Or how would I deal with being a new werewolf and still hide from the humans? QUEEN BITCH OF THE CALLOWWOOD PACK. Or how far would I go to get away if a hot guy kidnapped me? HER DEVOTED VAMPIRE. And several of my books started as dreams I wrote out. THE BELTANE WITCH started out as a dream of being cornered in an alley and having a hero rescue me - except he wasn’t quite a hero.
3. What kind of things do you enjoy when not writing?
I like reading, baking, sewing, hiking, and meditation.
4. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Currently, I have twenty-two (22) books out for people to enjoy, but I don’t really have a favorite. Each book is my favorite at the time I’m writing it. There are a few I’ll go back and read from time to time, but I like them all. I write the best story I can to please myself before I offer it to others.
5. Do you have any suggestions to help others who have a passion for writing?
Suggestions for writing? Sit your butt in the chair and pound out the tale. No one got recognized by dreaming and doing nothing. Suggestions for being recognized? Get your voice out there even before you publish anything. Start a blog, a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t published. Publishers, agents, and other industry professionals are looking for your online presence as well as your writing. Get it out there where they can look at it. And INTERACT with the readers. Safest way, if you’re really shy, is online. Next step is conferences and booksignings. You want to be accessible to them and that will help you sell books. Suggestions for getting published? Write the story, find a critique partner or two who you can trust to be honest and helpful (rather than hurtful), and find an editor. Then send it to a publisher.
6. What do you think makes a great story?
Great stories are those where you take someone seemingly ordinary and insert them into an extraordinary situation. Then you have to make the reader care what’s happening to the character and how the character reacts to the situation. You also have to give enough realism that the reader can identify with how the characters act within the story. If the reader cares, the story is great.
7. Which Writer/Authors inspire you?
Sabrina York for her attention to detail and humor. Cat Johnson for her action adventure. Sage Marlowe for his magic and storytelling. Charley Descoteaux for her ability to make the characters human in every sense of the word.
8. What are you working on at the moment?(optional)
Currently, I’m working on IN DEATH’S SHADOW, a fantasy romance and book 3 in the Rifts Series. It should be out mid-to-late February. I’m just waiting on edits for THE VALKYRIE’S SWORD, a paranormal romance, that comes out in mid January.
9. What genre are your books?
I write paranormal romance, and cowboy and military romantic suspense, so if it snarls, bites, shoots or chases you, I probably have it in my books somewhere.
10.What drew you to the genre you write?
I started off in science fiction and fantasy until I found out there was a whole genre of romance dedicated to characters who weren’t human. In that moment I knew I needed to write stories about extraordinary characters and throw them into situations with ordinary humans just to see what they’d do.
11.Which Actor/Actress would you like to see portraying the lead character from your most recent book?(any book you like)
I don’t write stories with actors in mind for my characters, but there have been some actors who have inspired characters. Russell Crowe inspired Jeff Lightfoot from QUEEN BITCH OF THE CALLOWWOOD PACK. Sean Bean from LoTR inspired Darius Winterbourne from THE BELTANE WITCH. Russell Crowe also inspired Brandon and Taggart Crowe in THE IVORY ROAD SERIAL (I might have thought him sexy ;) )
12.Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full time.
13.What is the hardest thing about writing?
Endings and revision. Endings because in my mind I know how it ends, why do I have to write it out? Answer: because no one else knows how it ends. ;) Revision because my muse says: I’ve already written this, why are we going back through it? Answer: because good writing is rewriting.
14.Any tips on how to get through the dreaded Writer’s block?
I don’t because I don’t get it. But that’s because I’m working on 4-5 stories at a time. If I get stuck on one, I move on to another while the first one percolates in the back of my mind.
15.Do you read much, and if so who are your favorite Authors or genres?
I do read a lot, though not as much as I used to. I like paranormal romance, romantic suspense, military romance, cowboys, some historical and some BDSM. I have too many authors that I enjoy to list, but I often help promote them online when they have a new release and I include them on the Buy a Book, Tell a Friend blog.
16.Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
How can Readers discover more about you and your work?(please provide proper links)
Three Lakes Books: http://www.siobhanmuir.com/