1. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing since I was a little girl. I think I always wanted to be an author but never really pursued it until I went back to college a few years ago and started my series. I was writing novels as early as 12 years old. I never expected to get published or make a living at it. When I finally saw my books in print it was startling. It was like I always knew that this was what I wanted. I wish I had gone down this road a lot earlier in my life.
2. How did you come up with your Easter's Lilly Series?
I started out writing a book about a good marriage, if you can believe that. I have been successfully married for a long time and wanted to share some of the "tricks of the trade," so to speak. Somehow along the way in the dark passages of my overactive psyche, Lilly was born. Once I started living life through her eyes it was like an addiction. I got deeper and deeper with her and her crazy life that I found myself with four books in almost no time at all. I am not sure how many books I will have in this series altogether but book four is scheduled for release in December. Is there any truth to my Lilly series? The fact that my husband is Mexican and the series is about the Mexican Mafia is a complete and total coincidence. It is... I promise.
3. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Creating. I didn't even have to think about that one. I love to create. I don't outline like many of my wonderful author friends do. I sit in front of my Macbook, place my fingers on the keys and the voices in my head are released in a rush of fury.
(That's what I love too!! We have the same writing style!!)
4. What advice do you have for other writers just starting out?
Don't worry about what other people are doing. Some writers outline, some sit and let the characters take them for a ride. Some authors self-publish and some go traditional. The only way you're going to find your own voice is to stay true to yourself. It will be much more satisfying to follow your own heart. And don't ignore the voices in your head. They're a story just dying to be tapped into and freed for the pleasure of your readers.
5. Where can my readers find your novels?
The easiest place to find my novels are at
There are a few select bookstores that carry my books, like Hastings in
Greenville, Texas and any Barnes and Noble will special order it for you, if
it's not in stock.
Thanks so much Laura for letting me visit with you today. There are free
first chapters available on my website and I invite you all to take a sneak
peek. It's not your standard "cookie cutter" romance. Lost in the dark, you may
not find your happily ever after....
Thanks so much Judy for taking the time to share with us!! Good luck and keep writing!!