What inspires you to write?
Tell us about your writing process.
It seems to be different each time, and for each different genre. My historical fiction novel Depression Carpenter was a story that I wished I had lived myself during the years of The Great Depression. In essence, I was telling my own story as I wished it was. My two literary fiction, humor novels, Triptych and Cowgirl, I started at Point A and finished when the stories stopped writing themselves. My typesetting memoir, On Becoming a Dinosaur, wrote itself, since it is the true story of what happened to me, and how I coped after typesetting was no longer a profession.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters, but I find that the writing process goes better when I let the characters lead the story rather than trying to force them into a mold that is carved in stone. Flexibility with my characters keeps them fresh.
What advice would you give other writers?
I wouldn’t presume to give advice to other writers. But I will say that being retired takes the pressure off, timewise.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I finished the first one, I started looking for a literary agent. I finished two more books, and it was two years later, that I decided to give up on that route entirely. Amazon made it easy and painless to self-publish, and I felt: “Why not?”
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Reading is becoming divisive. There are people who are passionate about reading books, and there are now people who will never read a book in their entire lives. Crazy.
What genres do you write?
Memoir, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Western
What formats are your books in?