Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Bradley Beach - between the two, the city and shore, found that my life was lived from the school year longing to go to the beach - this meant longing to go to summer. I still follow the same pattern of thinking the year begins in September, and summer begins the moment I can first go in the ocean.
When did you first start writing?
Writing started me - and that began early on when the land of imagination seemed to be the mysteries behind each door along the street where I lived; and my mother's novels had extra pages that were blank so I could write on them and make up stories about the people in the houses. And that was before I knew how to write words. I only knew the alphabet but somehow that was the secret detective weapon that I had at the tip of my pencil.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The wild blue is about the renewal all of us are capable of after a loss - that the possibility to be fully engaged in life after a loss of a loved one, a job, a habitat, a landscape or an ability - is something we can all do especially if we open ourselves up to our connections to all of life - that means, nature, your local environment, and your interior world. Our lives are so much richer because of our many layers of connection. We are an intricate and important part of this world. We are a part of the skies, the waters, the land, the flowers - all of life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The total eloquence of being able to express the beauty that was there for the unique audience that the independence allows to arise.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
An outlet to the world of indie readers and writers - basically, a port of call for those seeking a fresh perspective on what creative people are producing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing the experience.
What do your fans mean to you?
Companions along the way. Everything.
What are you working on next?
A book that could be called magic realism - that has a lot of fun exploring both humorous and difficult connections between grief, loss of habitat, and the ability to turn it all around with the help of friends from unexpected places.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow.............those that speak to my heart and mind. Too many to name any single one or group. I love those that are really engaged in sharing what they find to be beautiful, soulful and concerned with helping all of us expand our appreciation for the world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Black tea with milk and sugar.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Checking everything out...............there's a lot to take in.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Every way you can imagine - friends, blogs, news, personal journeys of discovery....
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I sit down and I write. No messing around. No Internet. Just do it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I would like to say it was the Odyssey. But I'm not sure if it was the first. I can tell you that the impact was amazing. The world became animated with gods and goddesses; heroes and heroines - really cool people.
How do you approach cover design?
Believe it or not, the color comes to mind first. Then where to put the title. And then, whoa, how small it will look on a screen. Than I go back to the color and the print type and wonder how the world of art ever got to be so small.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh no. You tried to ask this same question another way. I'm not falling for it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything I'm trying to learn about; nature books; guides; lots and lots of first pages of books.
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