I have written stories most of my life. It seems the characters live inside me begging to get out and tell their stories. As a child, I loved laying out under the stars and imagining what it would be like to travel to far off worlds. The one beautiful thing about having such a vivid imagination is seeing it as if I am really there. Of course, the true work comes from trying to re-create that world on paper so others can see and experience the same thing.
One thing I believe in is there is a heroine out there in all of us. One who is strong, compassionate, a little afraid to step out of her comfort zone but willing to take the chance, especially for something or someone she really believes in. My heros, of course, learn they have met their partner. A strong hero knows how to feel emotions and is not afraid or ashamed of them. He might not always understand them but he is willing to live and learn.
Each character seems to come alive on the paper. I might have one way of viewing them but as they start to tell their story it is their voice, experiences, and reactions to the world around them that make them who they are. Sometimes they listen to me, other times, not. I don't mind as each book is a discovery all in itself.
I try to write everyday but even I need a break sometimes. I write for the enjoyment and it comes through in my books. If I get a block, I set it aside and do something else. My hero often is on me about exercising more and I am trying...really I am.
Besides writing, I enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time with my family. I believe it is important to have balance in life. All work and no play...blah, blah, blah.... So, if I get a little behind I've learned it is not the end of the world.
I hope you've enjoyed the stories as much as I have. I look forward to writing more and sharing the amazing worlds with all of my readers.
You can also check out my Author's Interview on D'Elen McClain's site: https://fangchronicles.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/fang-friday-s-e-smith-author-interview/