When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my children and taking classes at WVSU.
How did growing up, influence your writing?
I was raised by a divorced mom, without any help. I watched her compassion for others and determination for success, grow even larger in the face of great struggles. Through her achievements, while overcoming major obstacles in life, she taught me to believe, that as a woman with ambition and dreams, I too, can do anything.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I recall the first poem I ever read. It was in, maybe a 3rd grade, text book. I'm not sure who the author was or even which book it was in but I can still recite it word for word. It was titled, Purple Cow. The first story I recall being completely engaged in, was the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. I became obsessed with horror, dark poetry, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and Stephen King.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was in the 5th grade and our teacher gave us a writing assignment that was to begin with the sentence, " This morning, I walked into the school and .....". I thought I would be clever and write about how I accidentally walked in the school red-brick, wall. After I saw the typical cartoon birds flying, I awoke into a fantasy world, laying on the ground and my red tennis shoes were missing.
Describe your desk
My desk is smothered by photos, my children's school papers and memories, CD's, etc. So I usually write late at night in my bed, either on my cell or my laptop propped up on a pillow.
What is your writing process?
I draw from real life experiences. I write in the moment of intense emotion, never creating outlines nor brainstorming charts. Besides running spell checks and (ugh) that awful formatting junk, I rarely do much editing, as I believe what comes in that burst of emotion is worth savoring it for what it is.
How do you approach cover design?
I try pull something from real life that inspires me or inspired the stories and poems within.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a collection of mystery/horror shorts.
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