My favorite books: HARRY POTTER (all of them). I enjoyed reading about the friendships formed by the main characters and the complicated relationships with some of the others. I also liked the opportunity to live in their fantasy world. NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER--This was a page-turner because it is a true story about a woman's escape from Iran and her husband with their young daughter. Some of the customs of the country were sprinkled throughout the book, and it was interesting to learn about them. MY SISTER'S KEEPER--I enjoyed the complexity of the decisions each person was forced to make and how the law protects children--even from their own parents. THE FIRM--A excellent book with legal intricacies and deception. THE STORYTELLER--a difficult book to read because it gave detailed a description of the atrocities of the Holocaust, but I couldn't put it down. It was riveting.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, my only techniques are word-of-mouth and social media.
Describe your desk
My desk consists of a computer and my imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I learned how to write words on paper. I used to write letters to my cousins that were part of a game we had played. I later realized I had been writing children's stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the book is how one small act by a mean person can change the lives of so many people. It forces you to question whether or not someone is guilty and if some things are justified. It shows how two complete strangers can find themselves leaning on each other during a tragedy and fall in love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best part of writing is when a character begins to take on a life of his own and my story goes in an unexpected direction.
What do your fans mean to you?
Reactions from fans mean everything to me. Writing is a lonely passion. I like to hear what people think. I learn a lot from constructive criticism and a little praise inspires me to write more.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book about 15- year- old Rosemarie who is struggling with her lack of self-confidence and the need for love and approval. She is envious of her older sister who is getting married and sad to lose her at the same time. The sisters' relationship is tested when a family secret is revealed. When Rosemarie finds a friend in her new brother-in-law and the sisters team up to save their cousin from an abusive marriage, Rosemarie finds the answers she is looking for.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jodie Piccoult, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, J.K. Rowling--to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration to get out of bed each day is knowing I have a loving husband. I have two beautiful children who are in loving relationships, and a new grandson who I adore! I have wonderful friends and a job I love. I thank God every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading, socializing with friends/family, and traveling.
What is your writing process?
I belong to a writing work shop, where I have to write a complete story on one page. I later find that I am able to knit them together. I usually start with a climactic moment and work from there. Most of my stories start from the middle and work their way out.
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