I love Irish authors. Sebastian Berry, William Trevor, Maeve Binchy, Anne Enright . . . I'm always collecting more. Their voices have a cadence that melds with my imagination. I also like many English writers: Clive Barker, Kate Atkinson, Roald Dahl and Alexander McCall Smith. I know they're very different from each other, but they are all great storytellers.
My favorite books of all time are The Elegance of the Hedgehog, To Kill a Mockingbird, All the Light We Cannot See, The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Frye, Poisonwood Bible, Where the Sidewalk Ends, . . this list is long and I can't stop adding to it because people can't stop writing great stuff.
Describe your desk
Wherever I am. I always have a notebook and pen or pencil. For planned writing sessions, my laptop comes along to any corner of the house that's free or any cafe where there's a table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family moved household ten times by the time I was fifteen. We were in and around San Francisco. I had been to ten schools by the time I graduated because of that. I was always having to make new friends, impress new teachers, discover new places to be. My imagination was the safest, most familiar place. I saw a fantastic world in there. I continued the pattern of hopping around to New York, France, Montana, with San Francisco in between--until I got married. We've been in Oakland for sixteen years. I write to keep moving.
When did you first start writing?
I know it was early. My Aunt gave me a set of classic children's lit before I can even remember. I was about six when I started reciting stories that my folks read to me a lot. Then, maybe I was eight when I started writing more adventures for Alice in Wonderland with a new friend (me, of course).
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on an anthology of short memoir pieces with a great group of women. It covers vices and virtues and smudges most boundaries between them.
I'm also working on a children's book about a wacky family that has to be incredibly creative to make ends meet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't have the time or money right now to pursue publication with a traditional house. I'm also a bit of a DIYer (unless it has anything to do with the roof--I'm afraid of heights--I won't even let my husband go up there). I like to think "Wow! I did this all by myself!"
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know yet, but I have a very good feeling about publishing with Smashwords.
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