Well, I have three degrees. A bachelors in Economics, a masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. I live in Cleveland and went to college in Ohio, never leaving the state. I have been an attorney, college professor and City Registrar, signing every birth and death record for Cuyahoga County. (Don’t worry they used a stamp!). I spend my days now writing, networking with other writers and enjoying my three grandchildren.
What inspires you to write?
I get excited about being able to share what I write with others. And, just talking about writing my next book gets the juices flowing. Like now! I’m ready to run off and do some work on my next book. But I will try to wait until the end of the interview . . .
Tell us about your writing process.
I am wacky when it comes to writing. I don’t do outlines or start at the beginning and work my way through. If I hear conversations, or meet people in different situations that I feel would work in my book, I jot it down on a napkin, envelope or piece of paper to try to fit it in somewhere. I have notes everywhere. With little ramblings that I can hardly read later. I type them in on a new page and somehow, at the end, I bring it all together by filling in gaps, and rearranging chapters to make the book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do. I think, what would she do in this situation? What would he say? And a lot of times I use people I know as my character inspiration, so I call them up and ask them how would they react to whatever it is I’m proposing in my book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get help with proofreading. It is so easy to miss errors when you read your own work. I went over and over my book and still missed numerous mistakes. And, if you’re new to writing, and haven’t taken a class, or read a book about it, get a good editor.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was easy for me. I wrote my book in 1997 and went the traditional route (really almost the only thing available back then) and got more than a few rejection letters. So, when I decided to publish the book in 2012, I knew I would have to do it myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that is will continue to be a booming business. People always want to be published by publishing companies, even after self-publishing. I think it has to do with the prestige. As a matter-of-fact, I am so confident about the future of book publishing that I started my own publishing company, Media Web Publishing, Inc.
What genres do you write?
mystery, crime, historical fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print