I am working on a contemporary drama entitled The Months of Moon, which deals with mother/daughter relationships, substance abuse, and family secrets. It should be ready for publication as an eBook in December 2013
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a huge fan of Cormac McCarthy. Also, Janet Fitch (White Oleander), Zora Neale Hurston, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Why, writing, of course! Particularly if I've got a great book idea, and it's all coming together. I resent the mandatory need for sleep! Sometimes I'll just get a few hours, just so I can get up and go back to working on a project.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to cook and spend time with my dog. I live near a park, so I like to go down there with him and get some fresh air.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am drawn to covers, as I think most people are. So, if a cover and a unique title catch my eye, I'll take advantage of a free sample download or a "Look Inside" feature and see if I like the writing style, then go from there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was probably nine-years-old. It was a story about a haunted house in our neighborhood. I can't remember the details now, but all my friends were characters.
What is your writing process?
I have to have everything just right--my coffee, the right music to fit the scene I'm working on, and so forth. For me, whatever I'm writing is like a movie in my head, and I'll mentally cast actual actors for each character, find just the right music that I think would fit behind the scene. It's all very cinematic for me. I also revise and do a lot of editing as I go. I'll work on a paragraph or scene for hours and hours, read it over and tweak it until I'm happy with it, then move on to the next scene.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was Blubber by Judy Blume (yes, it was THAT long ago), and it probably didn't impact me as much as it should have because I couldn't relate to the main character, but so goes the mind of a kid.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to choose an image that is directly related to the story, yet provocative and intriguing so that the reader is drawn to it, at least enough to glance at the blurb and, hopefully, take a look inside.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy--for his ability to take something so dark and gloomy and make it beautiful through his poetic prose. He has some of the most profound lines in that book. White Oleander by Janet Fitch--again, I'm a huge fan of poetic prose, and she is one of the best, in my opinion. She's got a real knack for similes and metaphors, some of them are just brilliant. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez--I love his style as well, the way he constructs a sentence; however, I've found that I enjoy the Gregory Rabassa translations most. I think he does a great job in conveying Marquez's--what I call--"crescendo" sentence style, where each sentence starts 'small' and ends big, with amazing impact. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston--I think she's got one of the most wonderful opening paragraphs of all time. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier--for his ability to capture the old Confederate southern dialect in a third-person narrative, the way he switched so seamlessly between a male and a female POV, and did it convincingly!
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read scary, gory stuff. I like to be made uncomfortable by a storyline or a character's motives. It's a good way to get out of that box.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, and I really like the convenience of having my entire collection in one device. They all do that, but I like Kindle the best.
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