I’ve been writing for publication for over 30 years now. Always loved the read historical novels and dreamed of writing them too, which has, with time, research and work, finally come to pass. I’ve lived in England and in the West Indies and all over the US, but have loved the subject of Roan Rose–Richard III since I was a tween. My view of him has changed over the long years since this days in the 50’s. I’m obsessive and once I get “stuck” on a subject, it takes me years to finish with it. Almost twenty years went into my two Mozart novels, a back-to-back pair–story of his wife, story of one of his mistresses. I love cats, the out-of-doors, gardens, kids and grandkids, and am always ready to learn something new, and to get up and ride the back of my husband’s ridiculously fast sport bike.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always felt a closeness to the past, as if I’m just a visitor in this time and place. That led me into wanting to learn about the past at an early age. Next, I wanted to share the things I’d learned, and also the (virtual) experience of how life was lived, a hundred–or a thousand–years ago. Sometimes, a dream or a little voice in my mind will begin a story, then I’ll have to follow them “down the rabbit hole” until I learn who they are and where it leads.
Tell us about your writing process.
Seat of the pants. Research, silence, magic, and as above. The characters gradually reveal themselves–usually keeping me awake half the night, as I visualize the dolls, then pick them up and begin to play with them.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. I’ve had the odd experience several times of being contacted (or whatever you want to call it) by the historical personalities I’m writing about. They’d like me to get the story straight, so sometimes, I just have to wait for them to share and listen carefully.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do the work–all of it. The research, the learning to put a sentence together, the over and over and OVER editing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Getting on in years, and decided that since NYC didn’t seem interested in my work, it would be a waste to let it simply disappear inside an old hard drive. I was an early adopter of micro-publishing/e-publishing and have moved into Createspace. I think, in terms of what the publishing reality is these days, that this was the best way to seek out a niche and try to find and please the readers who inhabit it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Definitely in the e-world. Paper is expensive and traditional publishing has become a lose-lose deal, both for the corporations involved and for the writers.
What genres do you write?
historical/romantic historical/fantasy historical
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print