Born in Connecticut, raised in Florida, and lived all over the country. My residences almost match my careers. I began as a nurse and went back to school for an engineering degree. Then on to finance and technology. Diverse, yes. Satisfying, no. My real love was writing.
I have always immersed myself in books from a very young age. Traveled to exotic locales and fought for the good side in the land of words written by those who crafted a story that enthralled and entertained.
I don’t write in any particular genre. When I discover a story tumbling around in my head, whatever the genre, I write it. The greatest enjoyment in writing is when the characters begin to steer the story in their own direction. It is truly exciting to find yourself cruising along with your central character, discovering new areas of the book coming not from my own conceptions, but riding the story that evolved through my characters. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else besides writing – books are magic. The world of fiction is so much more exciting than anything you could imagine in everyday life.
What inspires you to write?
Many times it is a headline in the news or tidbites of a conversation that starts the “what if” thought process. At the most unexpected moment, I begin to think of a story because of a word or two. My second book, For Benny, came to being written afer hearing about so many road rage stories and feeling that no one wants to tell the story of the victims family in the aftermath of such a senseless act. Media hype is all about the person committing the crime and not about what happens after.
Imagiation plays the biggest part of inspiration. If we all let our imagination take flight, we may find a story in there.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always start with “what if…and then… in my mind. I keep that saying taped over my computer and it has served me well, especially when the thinking process begins to slow down. I begin with that thought and then I take 3×5 cards and write one or two sentences (scenes) for each chapter until I get to the end and beginthe actual writing.
While I’m writing, if I come across something that needs to be included in a chaper I have already written, I write the item(s) on the back of the card for that particular chapter and keep moving on with the story. I incorporate those items when I revise and edit. If I want to include something on a chapter I haven’t gotten to yet, I do the same with that chapter card. This is the way that works for me. I can’t write a full outline and try to follow it.and I never do character sketches. I know my characters in my head and let them evolve over the course of the story.Outlines and sketches feel too constrictive
I also take 3×5 cards and list all my characters and some small descriptions of their personality, flora and fauna, places and historical facts go on their own cards. I put it all in an index box with tabs so I can refer to them easily.
It also takes up less space on my desk and is portable.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Always. I play these head games with them and visualize their motives and reactions. I love talking to some of my characters, especially when they are in a scene that is totally foreign to them. There have been times when a character has said “Now you know I wouldn’t EVER do that”. Kind of puts me in my place as the writer.
There have been times when I speak the dialog out loud as I’m typing it to feel the emotion of the character. This way I can put the words to the scene in a more realistic manner.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you want to write, Write what you love to write. And write what feels good. Don’t worry about sticking to a certain genre. If the story is there and is begging to come out, pound those keyboards and get it done. Don’t worry about it being great, you can always fix it later.
Most important – learn the craft. Read and determine what made that certain book great and apply the lesson to your own writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The writing world is constanly discussing the option of Traditional Pubishing or Self-Publshing. I’ve done both and feel self-publishing is the way to go right now for me. If in the future a traditional publisher knocks on my door,I would consider joining their ranks.
It’s tough out there in the book world and getting your foot in the door can be very time consuming, but always worth it in the end.
Try the traditional road first and if you land an agent and get a book deal with a traditional publisher great. When the query process begins to get you down, self-publish. Your book will be out there and you can focus on the next one. The big BUT here is if you self-publish make sure you get a good editor to edit your book. Nothing says newbie like a book full of typos, bad grammer and unprofessional writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always be here and now that we have several means of producing them more people are reading. I don’t see the physical book going away – ever. There’s a place for ebooks and physcial books.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
YA and mainstream
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print