A graduate of California State University with a Bachelor’s in English, I have freelanced as an advertising copywriter, worked as a graphic artist for an engineering company, and spent twenty years as a wildlife woodcarver.
I am currently restoring a hundred-year-old house in a quiet country town in Illinois. My interests include genealogy, art, music, and literature.
What inspires you to write?
A belief that I have something useful to contribute and a unique take on the subject. It’s my way of adding a missing piece to the jigsaw puzzle. I also love words — their origins and meanings, and the need to find “the best words in the best order.”
Tell us about your writing process.
I always have a rough outline before I begin. It makes staying on target that much more doable. When I have a clear view of where the work is going and how to get it there, I plunge in, working as quickly as possible to get my thoughts down, totally unconcerned about refining them. At this point, it’s just a brainstorming session. Once I have something to work with, I smooth it out and set it aside. Allowing it to “cool” provides some necessary objectivity. I return to it with a different mindset. Then the fun begins. Editing and rewriting are 90% of my process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Don’t overthink it. Just get your words down and take it from there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had heard about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and decided to give it a try. I liked the ability to keep control of my work. And I liked the ability to go to “press” as soon I thought it was ready. Be prepared to promote your own work, if you do go the self-publishing route. It’s a lot of work and robs you of your valuable writing time, but the book doesn’t sell itself. Without a traditional publisher to foot the bill, you will likely be doing all the donkey work yourself. It’s time consuming and not much fun, but it’s an absolutely essential part of the program.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
If Amazon doesn’t back down to the traditional publishers, I believe the future of publishing is digital. I love the look and feel of real books, and enjoy an extensive library, but the economic reality of publishing paper volumes is cold, hard, and grim.
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