For me, the greatest joy of writing is being able to see the end product and being able to share a bit of "my" world with everyone else. After all the research is done and looking at the finished book is deeply satisfying.
What are you working on next?
I haven't decided if I'm going to work on a cookbook for 30 minute dinners yet or dinners on a budget.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hands down, my favorite author has to be Clive Cussler. I read his first book when I was a teen and was hooked on his witty characters.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A great cup of coffee/tea, the smiling faces of my children, and the promise each day brings. Good or bad, I know each day will give me some type of inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm either in my garden, playing children, or trying new recipe ideas.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote but I do remember thinking that it was very liberating to be able to be able to create "worlds" that could be whatever I wanted them to be.
What is your writing process?
Lots and lots of research to start off with. The actually writing and forming of the cook book is easy. It's picking each recipe or idea which takes the most time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm such an avid reader I'll read anything. I'm honestly not picky about what I read as long as I feel I've gained something from it once I put it down.
Describe your desk
Ha! I think most would call my desk unorganized. I have index cards, sticky notes, and loose papers every where but I know exactly where everything is at. There is a method to my madness, just don't ask me to describe it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the outskirts of a large city were there were many cultures. It was eye opening, as a child, to see all these different cultures and it exposed me to their different styles. It fed into my love of learning and later my love of cooking.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I could remember. I was that awkward kid growing up. The one who didn't really talk or have many friends but when I wrote I could be and do anything. Words became my escape.
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