My desk is a purple drop-leaf table that I inherited from a sister-in-law who has great decorating taste. Right now the table holds a sewing machine, a pin cushion made out of a baby food jar containing sand and shells from Maui, library books, gold drachmas that my daughter made out of cardboard and a large mug of slightly warm coffee - black.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the east slope of the divide in Montana where the wind blows (gusts) most days. It's easy to find quiet (well, when it's not too windy) in our state, and quiet lets my imagination run amok.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I do everything independently, from raising and schooling my kids to cleaning my chimney to learning how to wire a new bathroom light fixture and figuring out the best recipe for meatballs. It stands to reason that I would publish independently, too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The peace I find once I empty the thoughts swirling around in my brain.
What are you working on next?
A series of fiction books for kids that have them solving mysteries and simultaneously finding a healthy way to deal with a narcissistic parent or relative.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nonfiction, historical fiction, memoirs, YA fiction with my kids, chick lit and mysteries.
When did you first start writing?
I first started diaries in third grade. My sixth grade teacher asked me to write the "Dear Abby" column for our school newspaper. I was hooked on the heady combination of solving problems and giving advice without anyone knowing who I really was, which is exactly what I do on my blog.
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