A fellow author friend of mine, M.L., graciously agreed to let me interview her. We met years ago at a book-signing event. If you are a fan of paranormal romance, I urge you to check out her site and read her books!
Name: M.L. Crum
Short bio: I was born and raised in Maryland. I have been an elementary school teacher for over twenty years. Teaching remains a passion in my life, but I have also been inspired to write. I used to write all the time when I was a child and into my early adulthood, but somewhere along the line, between college, a new career, and family, the joy of writing for myself became secondary. But, this joy has been rediscovered. I now live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two kids, two dogs, two rabbits, two fish, two leopard geckos, and 1 cat.
1. When did you start writing? I wrote all during my childhood, but I started writing my first book in 2013
2. Is paranormal romance your favorite genre? I would have to say that romance in general is my favorite genre. I just enjoy a good love story. I mostly read contemporary, historical, suspense, and paranormal. I have written paranormal, suspense and contemporary.
3. What is your writing process–do you have a set schedule for your writing? I wish. I also teach first grade 9 months out of the year so that takes up most of my time and energy. I write whenever I can or whenever I’m in the mood. I write a lot during holiday breaks and summer.
4. Where do you get inspiration for your books? I get a lot of inspiration from my own dreams. Back in 2013, I woke up from a very vivid dream one morning. There was a man and woman in my dream, and they were involved in an experiment dealing with time travel. I woke up right at a pivotal point. I had to know what happened to them, so I immediately went to my computer and started writing what I believed could have happened. That turned into my first book, Irony of Time, which I then turned into a trilogy. For my fourth book I wanted my main character to be a teacher, and I wanted it to have a little suspense. There was no dream I based it off of, but for the suspense part of the story I did have to dig into what is or has been a teacher’s worst nightmare.
5. What are you currently working on now? I have finished my fifth book which is a contemporary second chance love story that takes place at a couples resort on an island off the Florida Keys. And yes, it was inspired from another dream. The end of the first chapter was my dream. If or when you read it, you will see why I had to write the rest. I had to have an ending. This story is currently at my first editor. I hope to release it in early spring 2020. Right now it is titled, Keepsakes. I am also working on a short story or novella that is closely connected to my fifth book. My goal is to give this short story away for free one day.
6. What is your advice for aspiring authors? Although writing is the most important part of this process, it is also important to start making connections while you are writing. Join writing groups that meet or online, join Facebook author/writing groups or watch podcast by authors. Learn the tricks of the trade not only in making your craft better, but with how to market your book. See what others are doing that seems to be working. You need to do all this because after you push the “publish” button or your release date is set, then the hard work begins.