Not always, but I have always been an avid reader. When my mom went shopping in the mall, I was camped out at the bookstore, sitting on the floor and reading while I waited.
Usually, I do know the characters who will appear. My stories always start with the characters and then I decide which journey I’d like them to go on. As I write more, I get to know things better and hear their voices more clearly, but I generally know a basic outline of who they’ll be. Their plot is sometimes flipped on me and takes longer to figure out.
I have written books I haven’t published in the past. It was when I was first starting out and still trying to find my voice. I may publish it someday, but I’m not sure.
I can’t think of any topic that’s completely off limits. As I get to know my characters, I get to know who they are and their struggles, but I still stick to my own style.
I try to find a cover that will be eye-catching and convey some part of the story.
I get my inspiration from so many different places. Songs, conversations I overhead, an article I read or a show I watch might inspire me and create a whole new world.
My favorite couple is a hard one! I love them all so much and I’m definitely in love with them when I write them, but two couples I feel hit me the hardest were Berk and Jules and Bay and Dare. Those two have stuck with me the longest and I think about them often.
I wish that was an easy answer or I had a set process and schedule. Some books may take six weeks to write while others might be three to four months.
Romance! I was an avid romance reader long before I started writing. I tend to read romance exclusively with some non-fiction books thrown in.
I think I would choose the Falling trilogy. Dare and Bay’s story would be an amazing series and I’d love to see them brought to life on the screen. If it had to be one book, then I’d choose The Perfect First.
Maya Hughes, that’s me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.
I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.
I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband, and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum.