I am the author of eight published novels and over one hundred short stories. My young adult novel, The Night the Penningtons Vanished, was nominated for an Edgar. My novel, Hollowed Darkened Space, was nominated for the Claymore Award. I mentor cancer patients with their writing through the Visible Ink Program. I also teach first grade at a girls’ private school on the upper east side of Manhattan,
What inspires you to write?
I love to tell stories and I especially love mysteries. Putting together clues and challenging the reader is such fun!
Tell us about your writing process.
I try to write a chapter a day. Some of the novels I have written get buried in a drawer, never published, but that’s all right. It’s practice! When I’m writing a mystery, I have to know the murderer before I begin, so I can sprinkle the clues through-out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Other than knowing the ending, I let the characters guide me. Once I start to write, the characters become alive and they take on a personality, which gives me additional story lines.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say, read, read, and read some more. Once you have made up your mind to write, write at least one page a day. That’s not overwhelming. You can do it on the line at the bank, in the waiting room of your doctor, at your son’s soccer game. One page a day, at the end of the year, you’ll have 360 pages, which is your novel.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published short stories first and then I saw an ad for a small press, looking for novels about New England. I wrote to them and pretended I had written this great young adult book and gave them a summary. They liked the summary and asked to see the book. I wrote it in a month and they liked it!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think anyone can get published today, which is great and awful. There is so much product out there and lots of it is not very good. Even if you’ve written a great novel, it’s liable to get buried, unless you do a lot of social media. It’s difficult.
What genres do you write?
Young adult, fantasy, mystery, historical
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print