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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to get lost in the world of my creation. Escapism, pure and simple. It is even more amazing after my work is published, that I often get asked about the characters and hints of the future. It's as though they are alive and very real, not just for me, but my audience too.
Unofficially when I was twelve (I didn't know I wanted to be a writer then), officially when I was fourteen (knew I liked writing fiction for pleasure).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in the sixth grade. I actually remember writing two stories at that age and I don't remember which came first so I'll mention both. I once had a dream that I liked so much that I felt inspired to write the whole thing down. It was the first time where I wrote something for my own pleasure (not because I had to). The other story was for a class assignment and I felt so passionately about what I wrote, I asked the teacher if kids could become published authors. This was the first time I considered writing for a living. Around the same time I wrote a poem and "published" it myself (printed it and distributed it to various teachers and faculty members around the school). After that, I didn't even consider writing again for the pleasure of it until I was fourteen and I felt inspired to create more stories. My passion grew more and more each year and around age sixteen, I knew I wanted to be a fiction author as a career. I have been writing ever since.
I'm trying to come up with something inspirational here, but all I'm getting is the harsh reality of an alarm clock placed out of reach from the bed. It doesn't even have a Snooze button. I am not a wake up person, quite the opposite, I go to be inspired; it can be a good business day, a nicely rounded chapter, or a scene with sizzling dialogue and sticks a grin on my face all the way to my bed and carries me over the next day.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are three or four authors that influenced me. The first one, Mario Puzo. The Godfather was the first book, aside from the bible, that I've read more than once. During the 90's I became a fan of three power players: 1) Ken Follett, got hooked on Triple, but it was The Pillars of the Earth that made me a real believer. 2) Tom Clancy, and the early Jack Ryan adventures that defined the Techno-thriller sub-genre. My favorite of those early books is Patriot Games, followed closely by Executive Orders. 3) Clive Cussler, Dirk Pitt adventures were above and beyond. My first one was Deep Six, and it was great.
So given the above, is it really a wonder why I write thrillers now?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that comes to mind is Harry Potter. I remember being deeply affected by the story. It hooked me from the beginning, by three dimensional characters. I instantly related to Harry and the difficulties he had in school. My heart yearns to read stories that inspire the human mind.
How do you approach cover design?
This is an interesting question. I have studied graphic design in college. I take my cover very seriously in terms of presenting my work to my audience. I ponder the true message of the book and translate it to an image. It is a creative process I truly enjoy.
As my head is full of stories I am tending to begin a new book before completing a current one. I am an apprentice learning a craft with no guru watching over my shoulder. Consequently, I am working on the second short story, for The Silver Night Romance Collection, as well as three others. The first book I ever started is very near publication. That Is Touching Ed. The first in the Silver Years Romance Series, This series will follow the story of Abby and Ed, who meet late in life, fall in love and start and new life together. As any mature person will tell you aging and sex can become challenging; therefore this series openly uses age related issues to keep it life like. I am also working on a new collection called The Silver Lining Collection which will contain books with stories of mature women for find themselves, or possibly love, while seeking a new life.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a great admiration for the classic writers, for example Jane Austin and Charles Dickens, as well as Joseph Conrad and many others. However, I do love Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Tony Hillerman and many others who can spin a tale and keep me hooked or make me laugh. There are so many.
It is a large desk that required some assembly. It supports my computer, monitor, and printer. It is also home to a ceramic Dia De Meurtos skull named Marvin.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the part of New England that H.P. Lovecraft thought filled with decaying family lines and supernatural horrors. The forests of the Berkshire Mountains inspired all manner of fantasies and fears. One is never quite sure what lurks just beyond the tree line, and often, one is hesitant to find out.