I recently had the
chance to chat with a talented author. So, without further
delay let’s hear from the talented
Did you always know that you wanted to
be a writer? Did you have other career goals?
When I was little, I wanted to be a
famous movie star, then a ballet dancer, then a pilot, like my
dad. I started writing when I was eight, entertaining my
enraptured classmates with startling Startrek episodes. ~LOL~
I wrote my first story when I was nine. I actually did become
a professional singer at 13 and actress at 14, but writing was
always my first, best, destiny.
Tell us what makes Minnette…well, Minnette.
A sense of humor, a workaholic’s
determination, a warm pair of socks…not necessarily in that order.
I read you have six children…WOW! How did
you balance your real life everyday duties—and having five kids
myself, I know there are lots of everyday duties—with your writing
I wrote to begin with when my first three
boys were small, after they went to bed. I also was on a bus to work
every day and wrote then, too, or whenever I could get a free
minute. I quit writing novels to raise my kids for 25 years and
started up again about three years ago. Over the years, I wrote as a
freelance journalist, wrote a couple of plays, and lots of poetry.
You write in the historical genre. If you
could travel to any place or time when and where would it be?
Wow, there are so many times I would love
to witness. I’m a big fan of ancient history, so probably Troy or
Greece around the 12th century BC (estimated). I’d also
like to visit Rome during Caesar’s reign.
Tell us some of your favorites…foods,
movies, music, books, authors, colors, and any others you would like
to share with us.
Sushi or sausage on a stick, Ghostbusters,
Troy, The Fountain…LOR, Crystal Cave (et al), Zanth series, Time
Travelers Strictly Cash…JRR, Piers Anthony, Spider Robinson,
Heinlein, Mary Stewart, hundreds of others…red, green, and sometimes
blue (if I’m in the mood)…I like spring days, but hate the summer,
am partial to chocolate (who isn’t?), and can’t resist snuggling in
my husband’s arms.
Do you have a writing schedule that you
follow daily? Do you have a perfect writing spot or can you write
I try to write in the evenings and on
weekends. I usually write at my desk, though I’m experimenting with
leaving the house and writing at cafes or under trees.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and
what is the best way to contact you?
I live for email and am completely
addicted! I love to hear from readers…they can contact me at email@example.com
How do you promote your work?
I do lots of book signings, try to keep up
with my many, many groups, advertise on wonderful sites like this
~blush~, and have a mailing list I maintain for news and updates.
What do you find to the most difficult thing
about the publishing industry? Did you find it difficult to “break
I’m still “breaking in”, as it were ~LOL~
The most demanding part is the promotion. It is very time consuming
and requires a great deal of energy. I’ve found this is true for
both small published writers and NY published writers. It’s hard to
find time to balance both writing and promoting.
What was the best piece of advice you
received when first starting out? Do you have any advice for
The best piece of advice I received was to
not give up. I did that when I was younger, and regret it to this
day. I have lots of advice for new people. Below is my list of eight
things I have learned:
1. Writing is 10%
writing and 90% editing. Edit 'til you can't stand the thing, then
do it three more times. Then have someone else edit it and then go
through it three more times after that. You should be there when you
start to change words BACK to what they used to be. Here’s a good
example; I edited this email for three hours before I was almost
satisfied. You know you’re a writer when...you edit your IMs and
2. Get yourself a critiquing partner and a set of beta readers
(family does nicely, especially if you have older kids...they do owe
you; friends and co-worker are always good). LISTEN to what they
have to say and be prepared for criticism. That’s what you don’t pay
them for. A critiquing partner is absolutely an imperative and there
are lots of groups out there that can help you find one...www.critters.org
comes readily to mind, but there are many out there. Check in your
genre. Or join a writing class in your community...that’s where my
fabulous, wonderful, adorable partner came from.
3. Take classes, join associations, join groups, get involved in the
writer's community (it's huge) and contribute to it. Harder to do
than you think, believe me.
4. Be prepared to spend every waking hour on your dream and even
some of your sleeping ones. The muse doesn't rest...at least until
you need her, which leads me to...
5. DON'T RELY ON THE MUSE TO HELP YOU. (S)he will always let you
down when you need her/him most. Being a published writer does not
take inspiration, it takes dedication. You cannot wait until the art
moves you...art is a lazy, drunken sod sometimes and it’s up to you
to move it along. Hardest thing to do as a writer is to keep going.
There are lots of tips on how to break writer’s block out there. The
best advice I ever received? Get off your ass and hit those keys (or
move that pen, if you’re a purest) - who cares what you write, just
6. Be kind, be loving, live well, and treat others well. When you
critique someone or even give them an opinion of their work, keep in
mind yours is (or will be) in another's hands one day. Creation is a
fragile thing and easily destroyed...look at an egg sometime. I
know; I shelved writing for twenty years because of a criticism. I
regret it to this day.
7. You must develop a thick skin for this business...the whole
“slings & arrows” thing. Not everyone is going to like your
work....not everyone appreciates the hours that went into its
creation...not everyone is kind. A gentle grace is needed to be a
writer, I think...swear and punch through walls when you get home,
but keep in mind it’s only one person’s opinion. You can choose to
agree...or not. Did I mention this profession takes a bit of ego, as
8. There is no reward without sacrifice. When you see your name in
print, the paperback crushed in your trembling hands, I promise, it
will be worth all the pain. All you have to do then is write the
What do you consider your greatest
strength? Any weaknesses?
Strength is my persistence…weakness is my
procrastination…quite a dichotomy, isn’t it?
How would you spend a perfect day if you
could do anything you wanted?
I would have two to three hours of
meditation/thinking time and the rest of the day just to write
without my silly brain getting in the way…that would be heaven!
Writing in the romance genre…do you believe
in happily ever after and have you found yours?
I absolutely believe in happily ever afters
and yes, I have found mine. My husband and I fell in love at first
sight and have been married for fifteen glorious years. In fact, we
still hold hands! ~LOL~ In addition to my children, Matt is the best
thing that ever happened to me, hands down.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Sees Candies and room service
Is there anything else you would like to
share with us? Current or upcoming releases?
I have two more releases coming out this
year, The Breton & The General*, a sequel to Centurion (coming out
sometime this summer), and the second installment to Starsight,
coming out in November of this year. I will be working on an erotic,
a thriller, and a paranormal later this year.
BRETON & THE GENERAL: The Boudicca revolt has been squelched, the
tribes of the Iceni and the Trinovantes exterminated by the Roman
Britannia, Suetonius. He has sworn his revenge on the remaining
tribes for the Celtic insolence.
and Delia are now King and Queen of a broken Celtic tribe. Using his
twenty-five years as a Roman Centurion, Marius has to use all his
skill and cunning to help his hunted people as they flee before
General Suetonius' sword. Reluctantly donning the mask of the
liberatio mysticus, the “phantom” that hides the scattered tribes,
the couple recruits Marius' ex-Roman century and what few Celtic
warriors that remain to face the deadly Roman machine. They struggle
to keep their people together and the rest of a nation from fading
Marius and Delia are threatened by secret plots, jealousy, and a new
enemy that hammers a wedge between them, which even an unborn child
may not be able to dislodge when Marius falls under the charms of
Delia's sworn enemy. Sacrifices will have to be made to save their
people, to keep the nation together, to survive the Roman rage. In
the end, it may be more than their love or their lives they lose.