Hi NJ and welcome. I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Hi, Brooke. It’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me here at Romance Junkies.
I’ve got a book in the Ellora’s Cave TORRID TAROT series due out on May 9th. THREE SWORDS, ONE HEART is a fantasy/ménage a trois, filled with lots of action and adventure. And on July 11th, the third book in my TAPESTRIES series, WOVEN DREAMS, is scheduled to be released by EC!
Right now, I’m currently working on my next JAMESVILLE book for Samhain Publishing. It’s untitled as of yet, but it is Shamus O’Rourke’s story. As well, I just finished my next book in my Ellora’s Cave AWAKENING DESIRES series. Readers will be happy to know that
Jackson’s story is finally done!
Do you edit as you write, or finish the first draft and then begin editing?
I’m a big believer in writing the first draft without stopping to edit. If you’re not careful, you can get hung up working on a chapter for so long you lose your momentum and the story lags. Once I’ve got the book written, then I can relax and revise it. By then, you know where the weak spots are and how to fix them. Editing becomes easier. At least for me.
What is the one piece of advice you received from another writer that you still heed today?
I guess the best piece of advice I’ve ever read is to just write. You can waste a lot of time bemoaning the fact that you don’t have time to write or you can just write. I know of some writers who write in five-minute patches of time at work. They figure that three or four lines are better than none, and they’re right. There is always time to plot and plan if you can’t actually write. I actually plotted the first two of my Awakening Desires series on the bus on my way home from work in the evenings.
With a deadline looming, are you normally ahead of schedule, on schedule, or convincing yourself that you work “better under major-stress”?
I’m usually ahead of schedule. I freely admit that I don’t work well under pressure. I try and stay ahead of my projects. That way I stay relaxed and things flow better.
How wonderful you are able to devote full-time to your writing!
What was the “dreaded day job” you left behind?
Is there any aspect in particular that you miss about it?
I’m thrilled to be able to write full time, and I have been for two years now. I was an assistant manager in a used bookstore for almost twelve years and loved my job.
Every day was different and the people I met were fantastic - lots of regular customers. I loved recommending authors to folks and having them come back a couple of weeks later to tell me they went to the new bookstore and bought the author’s backlist because they loved the book so much. Being surrounded by books all day was the perfect job for me. It was hard to leave, but I knew it was the right time for me to take a leap of faith and pursue my own dreams.
Every writer dreams of getting “the call” or “the email”.
What form did yours come in?
Who got to hear the good news first?
My husband actually got the news first. I was at work and he called and told me that there was an email from Ellora’s Cave Publishing. I told him to open it and he read it to me over the phone. It was incredibly exciting.
It’s funny to think that I didn’t even have my own email address back then. Now I not only have an email account, but a website, a newsletter group, and a blog. And I’m a member of too many chat groups to keep track of. So, yeah, a lot in my life has changed since that moment.
When a food craving strikes, are you more likely to turn to something sweet or something salty?
How often do you give in?
Sweet! Definitely sweet. It’s funny, but I didn’t get a sweet tooth until I was in my thirties, but I seem to be making up for lost time. And I reach for chocolate way too often these days. I’ve put on ten pounds since I quit my day job. Too much time sitting in front of a computer. But that’s about to change with summer coming on.
Which room in your home is your favorite?
Which one would you love to wave a magic wand and change?
The living room is actually my favorite. We have a comfy sofa where my hubby and I like to curl up and watch movies and TV. But my office is also in the corner of the living room. It’s my special place where I create.
If I could wave a magic wand and change anything, I’d actually leave the apartment we’re currently living in and move into a house.
How did you and your husband meet?
Did he say “I love you” first, or was it the other way around?
Who is more romantic?
My hubby and I were introduced by a mutual friend, who eventually ended up at the best man at our wedding four years later. We’re both romantic souls and enjoy spending all our time together even after more then two decades. He was the first one to say “I love you” and it was a very special moment.
How old were you when you had your first “romantic” kiss?
Was it with your little kindergarten classmate, or the first major crush of your young life?
Now you’re asking me to remember back a long time. LOL It was the boy next door and we were probably around seven or eight years old.
How do you describe NJ Walters?
How does NJ Walters’s husband describe her?
That’s a much harder question then it seems. I still have a hard time thinking of myself as someone who is creative. I’m practical and down-to-earth. I try to be a good person and to not stress about life’s little problems. Right now, I’m having the time of my life, enjoying each day.
I actually asked my hubby this question. He replied, “Beautiful and smart and funny. Makes me laugh a lot. Very natural and also very kind to people whether she knows them or not. A spontaneous dancer. Serious and loyal, but always has the right priorities. That’s my favorite thing about her: she knows what’s important and what’s not. Plus, she makes good muffins.”
Spring is here!
What was the first thing you noticed about its arrival? Is it your favorite season, or is there one you like better?
Spring is actually here? LOL! It’s still freezing cold here and all the snow hasn’t melted yet. But the signs are there that it will eventually arrive. There are more birds and the trees are starting to bud. The occasional crocus and tulip is poking its head up out of the cold ground.
Autumn! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. I love the crispness to the air and the colors as the leaves change. Plus, I really enjoy Halloween and my birthday is that time of year as well.
If you could be any animal for just day, which one would you choose? Why this one?
I think I’d be a dog. Dogs just seem to really enjoy life without holding back. What you see is what you get. And dogs never seem to be afraid to try something even if they’ll look silly. You have to respect that.
Name the best appliance ever invented.
Which one should have been left on the drawing board?
The best appliance ever invented would have to be the washing machine. Who in their right mind wants to wash clothing by hand when you can pop it in a machine and have it done for you.
The one that should have been left on the drawing board - the microwave. I really don’t like them and have never owned one.
And lastly, no interview of a writer would be complete without this question:
what is your favorite comfort food?
I have so many! *g* That’s really hard to answer. Dark chocolate is of course at the top of the list. But homemade fries (baked, not deep-fried) and pasta are right up there too.
Thank you again for having me here at Romance Junkies. It was a lot of fun!
You’re very welcome, NJ.
I agree, it has been very enjoyable.
Best of luck with your writing in the future.