I started writing at the age of seven and stopped at sixteen, convinced that true writers wrote a perfect first draft. Eventually I started again and released to paper what had resided in my imagination for decades. I have since learned I like to write stories with a twist, that leave the reader surprised wanting more.
What inspires you to write?
Small and insignificant happenings in my life. Something as small as swallowing a button as a child will start a story. The ‘button’ part may be left out but it will grow from there.
Tell us about your writing process.
For the first couple of books I wrote, I didn’t do outlines but there were so many twists and turns in Apron Strings, it was hard to keep everything straight. Lately, I have used an outline but when the plot changes or the personalities of the characters take on a life of their own, an outline seems to be more bother than it’s worth. So currently I am in a love/hate relationship with outlines and think I’m a better writer when I go by the seat of my pants.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As the characters evolve, it becomes easier to know how they would say things or what they would say. I don’t talk to them but I study them and their past to understand what direction they will end up.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Polish. Write. Polish.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published Apron Strings because it is a novella and there are few publishers for novellas. I wanted to see what if felt like to self-publish and although there is no guarantee that anyone will pick up your book and read it, there is always hope. I am currently seeking a publisher for a novel I wrote, and have approached 6-7 publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I still like the feel of a paper book in my hand but it’s all I’ve known for forty some years. I don’t think traditional publishers will fade away for some time but with the world focused more on the environment, and rightly so, it stands to reason that more publishers will become ebook publishers.
What genres do you write?
Fiction – coming of age, murder, suspenseful drama
What formats are your books in?