Please welcome Piper to the blog today!
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I am in this game for the long haul. There are some people that have dreams of becoming a published author and being a “one-hit wonder.” There is nothing wrong with those aspirations, but that is not my goal for my writing career. I want to continue to bring thought-provoking stories to my readers until I take my last breath. Since I am only 37 that means you are going to be stuck with me for a very, very long time.
Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by writers that tell the human story. While every story has to have a plot, I like writers that deeply develop their characters. For instance, I love Khaled Hosseini. The way he develops his characters is magical. Same with Rohinton Mistry, author of Such a Long Journey and the beautifully written book, A Fine Balance.
So, what have you written?
I debuted my first published work, The Waiting Room, on October 29, 2013. It is a family drama about the secrets families keep that ultimately push people farther and farther apart. It is also a story about the parent/child relationship and how it is so difficult to see our parents as people even as we become adults. It’s something that almost every person can relate to. You can buy The Waiting Room on Amazon.com and starting February 4th it will be available on Smashwords, too.
I also just released on January 31, 2014 my short novella, Missing Girl. This story is about a young girl who finds herself immersed in a world of sexual slavery and human imprisonment. Although the topic may seem graphic, I want to ensure readers that it is not. It is, ultimately, a story about who Sophia Cruz was before she was taken from her safe and secure life in Mission Valley. It is a story meant to bring awareness to the horrific practice of sex and human trafficking. Missing Girl is available on Amazon.com and Smashwords. Paperback copies will be available in a couple of weeks.
What are you working on at the minute?
Right now, I am working on my second full-length novel entitled, 60 Days. Two characters from Missing Girl are major characters in my new book, but I want readers to know that both books stand-alone. They tell different stories. Here is a promo for 60 Days:
Girls cross the border into Mexico every day and disappear. Some are missed, most are forgotten. Two months ago Emily Vega’s sister, Lizzie, went in search of a mystery across the Mexican border and never returned. Another missing girl is what the Mexican authorities told her. Emily won’t accept this. Letting go of her sister is not an option, but time is running out and Emily has a secret of her own.
What genre are your books?
Some people may call my books women’s fiction because I write mostly from the female perspective and about women’s issues. Others, especially when one refers to Missing Girl or 60 Days, may think my writing fits in well with the psychological thriller or crime drama. Honestly, that is hard question for me because I feel that I write human interest stories and those can fall into many categories.
Where do your ideas come from?
I get the ideas for my novels from life. I am constantly questioning the motives of other people and trying to figure out why they do the things they do. It drives my husband nuts! But, I don’t see life the way other people do. Meaning, sometimes a word, a look, a gesture, can suddenly turn into a full-fledge story before my eyes. I can actually see it materialize. No, I’m not crazy. Promise.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
No, outline. I just go in the direction my characters lead me. Now, this can make the editing process a little draining. I find quite a bit of inconsistencies when I write this way and have to go back and clean them up, but I can’t imagine ever writing from an outline. It would feel too constricting.
You can follow Ms. Piper in all of the usual places on the internet!
Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Piper-Punches/e/B00GI4D450/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
The Waiting Room: http://amzn.to/1fwOF2x