Interview with Flo DiBona

What is your writing process?
It depends on the material I am working on. Sometimes it begins with a note or two jotted down, then an outline. Other times, it just flows and I am entertaining myself as I write. I try to write every day. I also try not to make it a chore. I have several manuscripts I am working on and I often allow my mood to determine which one I dive into. As I get closer to completing a manuscript, I try to stay focused on it until it is finished. Then, I put it aside for a bit before revisiting it with a fresh set of eyes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I cannot remember the very first story because I began reading at a very young age. Two of the earliest books I can remember are The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I remember being immediately enchanted by how what I read could completely take me out of where I was to someplace else. It was magical for me and still is.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love mysteries, crime series, and books with a keen sense of humor. I love anything by Carl Hiaasen, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, and Sue Grafton. I like serials where characters are developed over many books so I can look forward to "the next adventure." I also like reading and rereading classics like Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, and Rudyard Kipling. I like to keep pleasure reading pleasant and light.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
For pleasure reading I like an iPad. I sometime read on my iPhone, but the iPad works great for me. When I'm researching or reading more technical material I usually lean toward a laptop.
Describe your desk
I used to have a large, very neatly organized desk in a home office. However, I found my self on in a living room chair with a laptop more and more. Today, my desk is either my lap while I'm on a couch or a quiet table at the public library.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx and Queens NY. I began writing very early as a means of escaping my surroundings, creating little worlds of my own, and dealing with things I had no control of.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote "The Rabbitville Gazette," when I was six years old. It was a makeshift newspaper/newsletter I put together with imaginary characters and imaginary events. The entire thing was handwritten and had a readership of one - me!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had been in consulting for many years and watched some of the craziest things take place around me. My colleagues and I would sometimes marvel at what we would be up against and how little common sense some consultants had. We also all agreed that there was no how-to or road map available for beginning consultants to help them get started or navigate through things. I often said, "I could write a book," as many people do. Then I decided that I had so much experience built up, it might benefit others.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are living angels. They inspire me and are full of love and light. They make me want to do my absolutely best each and every day. My fans are always there with words of encouragement and they are the best of the best!
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works and I'm very excited about sharing them. A couple are almost ready for publication. Some are in various stages of being written, some are little more than concepts, and then there are some that are fully detailed stories that I have not had the time to put down in virtual writing yet. I have an idea of what my next publication will be but we will all see where my inspiration next takes us.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I can get out of bed. Every day is a gift and no one is guaranteed tomorrow. All we have is this moment so I wake up every morning in gratitude for another day.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stormy Weather (or any book) by Carl Hiaasen because I love the twisted humor and Skink; Island of the Sequinned Love Nun by Christopher Moore; Tropical Depression by Laurence Shames; The Lincoln Lawyer by MIchael Connelly because I love Mickey Haller; and Never Go Back by Lee Child because I love Jack Reacher. Actually anything these five authors write are my favorite books. They are all extremely talented writers and while some have brilliant twisted humor, the others have rich, interesting serialized characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
The list is so long! Carl Hiaasen, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Christopher Moore, Laurence Shames, Jonathan Carroll, James Crumley, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, James W Hall, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke, Dave Barry, the list goes on and on!
Published 2014-02-14.
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