What inspired you to write Tobacco sun? Tobacco Sun was born from mixing a song with a field I drove through once. The two things just synergized one day, and the spark was there.
When and why did you start writing?
I started writing when I was spelling my first words. The why? Who knows? I’ve always felt like I couldn’t help but write. I like to create and I had a great medium to do that. I like stories, so I started making them.
Have you started writing any other books?
I have completed my next novel called The Weeping Jug. I hope it will be out in a year or two!
What are your favourite genres to read?
I like to read things similar to what I write…novels set in the south, historical fiction, family epic, suspense even. I also like coming-of-age. I’m not a huge fantasy or Sci-Fi fan. I like stories I can relate to.
How long did it take you to write this book and what was the most difficult part to write?
It took me a couple of years to write Tobacco Sun, but I was also working another job at the time. The toughest part to write was “the twist.” I needed it to seem organic, but still be a moment where the reader gasps. I always think the “huge” turn of events are hard. I want to be careful to shock while not having it come off as a soap-opera.
How did you come up with the name tobacco sun?
There’s a line in the book where Jimmi-Lyn is talking about her happy place and mentions “the warm tobacco sun.” I also think it goes with the novel’s extended metaphor.
Do you read your reviews and how do you deal with the good and the bad?
It’s simple. I love the good and hate the bad. Luckily, I’ve only had one “bad” review. And honestly, it was a little comical. I believe in my work. Of course, being an extrovert, I want everyone to love it…and words stings….but I’ll get through it. At the end of the day I like what I’ve done, and that matters more.
What do you like to do when your not writing?
I like to go on runs to stay fit. I never thought I’d like running, but now it’s my favorite way to clear my head. I like the challenge of it, and it’s good for me. I also love beach days. I’m a beach bum at heart. If I weren’t a writer I might live in a beach shack and sell weird things that have washed up to pay the bills.
Do you have any favourite authors?
I love other southern authors who’ve shown me where I belong in the literary world: Toni Morrison, Mary Alice Monroe, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Monk Kidd. Outside of the south, I’m also a Kate Morton fan…and Bryn Greenwood. Everyone should read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. It moved me.
What inspired you to start writing?
Learning to read. It was on from that point. Thanks for the help, Mamaw!
Can you tell me something about yourself and your background?
I’m short and I’m southern, which makes me a little bit feisty. I think that really helped me when clawing my way through the literary jungle to get a book deal. I love being in the sunshine, listening to the waves crash, and spending time with my husband. I come from a big family, and love being surrounded by people all the time. I think human’s were meant to connect above all else, and it makes us feel alive. I love being alive 🙂 My writing is my way to share that.
Do you like tea or coffee? ( I have a thing for asking this, I’m a coffee lover)
I almost hate to answer…I cannot drink caffeine. It makes me nervous and violently ill! I drink La Croix like it’s going out of style! Coconut! I love the taste of sweet tea, but I just can’t do it! 🙂 Unless Firefly sweet tea vodka counts…I can do that!
Thank you! xoxo