RomanceJunkies Interview

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Siera was interviewed on [ Interview Date ] by { Interviewer’s Name ] for the website The following is a summary of that interview. 

I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Chasing Ava is the first book in the Bachelors of Shell Cove series. I’m editing book two in the series. Convincing Lina is scheduled for release this summer.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I knew I was a storyteller in junior high school. The nerd in me loved to retell the stories I read, but I would add details that I wished were between the covers. Eventually, it occurred to me I was telling my story.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
I met author Mary Wine, in 2014 at the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans, LA. Her advice was simplistic, yet challenging. She said, “put your work out there.” Five words that had a profound impact on my writing life, because that meant I had to get over my fear, I needed to write consistently, let my critique partners tear my WIP to pieces, connect with other authors, etc. Those five days with Mary changed my perspective as an aspiring writer.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
Teaching and volunteering go hand in hand for me. I co-facilitate a debt reduction program through our local church twice a year. Once a month I serve on a county advisory committee for an adult training program. And when I’m not busy-writing, working or volunteering, I read.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Transitioning from 22 years of military service and being told what to do and how to do it. For someone with my highly structured background, the freedom to create is a bit overwhelming at times. I love being a writer. I see a story in everything around me and its lovely to feel the words assemble and the story taking shape.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Thailand. The culture, the beautiful country side, and the cooking.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
Me: A lovable, Type A++ wench Family: Dependable, Focused, Fiercely loyal Type A++ wench
What is your favorite comfort food?
Pizza! Lots and lots of pizza.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Spring. I feel a rebirth similar to what I see in nature as the buds form and the blossoms unfold. I know its tradition to have a New Year’s resolution, but many of my life’s major decisions have occurred in the spring. Actually, I started writing CHASING AVA in April of 2013.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
I am worse than Linus, from the Peanuts without my iPad. I’ll drive back home if I’ve forgotten her.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
Anything that involves being alone with my husband and touching.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
I’ll be at the Romantic Times Convention in Dallas, TX, May 12-17, 2015. Stop by and say hello at the Military SOS Tribute event or the Meet the Author sessions.