1. For all those not aware of your awesomeness, what should we know about you?
I’m a newbie to the book writing world. Completing my first two novels has only been a recent adventure of mine. I started out with a background in poetry, songwriting, guitar playing, and performing as the lead singer in a rock band during my teens and twenties. (Think Ann Wilson of Heart) Although, I hung up that part of my life away years go.
I’m also a mother and a grandmother – I started out very young - and have been working in the field of Human Resources/Accounting for over twenty years.
Wow! That introduction really aged me.
2. Why do you write?
I write because there is a story burning inside me. It’s the only reason I write. I could never be in a contract where I had to write on demand. If there’s no inspiration or passion, there’s no story to tell.
3. What inspires you to write?
Real life. Or how I want real life to be. Most of the character in my books are based on people I have personally known, and/or how I wish they would be. As an author, I can re-create the past and the future – and people. It’s a therapeutic release for me.
4. What does the typical writing session look like?
It’s usually past midnight. My prime time for writing. Just me, a Diet Pepsi and my cat. And the quiet stillness in the air that helps my brain to think.
5. What are you currently working on?
My current WIP (Work in Progress) is about a naïve 12-year-old girl who befriends a handsome, young drifter in the 1970’s. His arrival in town causes quite a stir in the ultra-conservative community. When strange things begin to happen, their fingers immediately point to him. But all is not what it seems. Nor the reason that he has arrived.
6. What do you love about this piece of writing?
It’s a departure from my first novel – which was loosely based on my relationship with my mother. Unlike that one, this story is pure fiction and stretches my boundaries as an author. I’m excited about the challenges it pushes my writing to be.
7. Give us a little sneak peak, what insights can you share about the main character?
Annie, the main character, is a preteen living a sheltered and somewhat routine suburban life in a small valley town in Northern California. In the beginning, she is oblivious and untouched by the harsh realities of the world. But over the course of one summer, her naivety and innocence are shattered by a sequence of traumatic events. It’s part coming of age, and her exposure to the depths of evil a person can inflict on others.
8. What is the hardest thing about writing?
That’s easy. Writer’s block. The story may already be complete in my head, but transposing those thoughts to paper is an entirely different matter. Especially transition parts. I don’t want to bore the reader with any unnecessary writing or dialogue until the next event occurs.
9. Which famous person, living or dead would like to meet and why?
I’m not a huge celebrity fan per say. I don’t believe any human should be idolized above another. But if I had to choose, I would probably say J.K. Rowling. I’m fascinated with authors who can create an entire world from nothing. A genre I would fail miserably at attempting.
10. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself as a new writer?
DO NOT TAKE CRITICISM PERSONALLY! Sharing your work with others can be intimidating and nerve wracking. But if you trust the reviewer, let them do their work. My librarian daughter ripped the first draft of my book, Dancing at Midnight, to shreds. I felt like a fraud and wanted to give up. But she loves her momma and did me the biggest favor of my life. I learned so much from that first taste of criticism. It made me a better writer. And even though it still hurts, I’ve learned to accept someone’s comments more graciously. I don’t always have to agree. But I need to be open enough to listen.