LJT: I used to read a ton of Harlequin romance novels in high school and as a young adult. Also, one of my favorite authors and writing influences is Nora Roberts.
LJT: I wrote the first draft of Just Dreams over thirty days during National November Writing Month in 2007, but I didn’t revise it until 2014. I tend to write the first drafts of my novels quickly - usually within 30 days. Then I take another couple of weeks or so to revise them. Lately, I’ve been using dictation to create my first drafts, so now I’m able to whip out a first draft in two weeks or less.
LJT: I’m a big believer in outlines. It makes for a much smoother first draft and an easier revision - especially if you write fast.
LJT: Sometimes, I listen to music while writing. If I do, it’s soft jazz or something else without words to distract me.
LJT: Keep writing. Don’t give up. Hone your craft, and if you can’t or don’t want to get traditionally published, consider self-publishing. The ultimate judges of the quality of your work are your readers. They’re the only people whose opinions matter.
LJT: Caged Dreams - the third book in my Brooks Sisters Dreams series is coming out next month. The fourth book in the series, Closer to Her Dreams, will come out in October 2018. The second book in the series, Dreams Deferred (Ivy Brooks’ story), was released in June, 2015
DL: It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.