Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was very young, I discovered the local library and started reading Nancy Drew (Carolyn Keene pseudonym). I thought it would be great fun to become a "super sleuth". I slowly built a personal library that contained the Nancy Drew series. I progressed from Nancy Drew to the Hardy Boys (Franklin W. Dixon), Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Hercules Poirot (Agatha Christie), and author Margaret Goff Clark - a personal friend of my paternal grandmother.
These early authors influenced my love of words and provided the foundation for my voracious reading and current desire to author stories of my own both fictitious and factual.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a roving free spirit as a child. My family moved every year or two to accommodate my father's job requirements. I didn't make many friends because I knew I would have to say goodbye within a year or two. I was an adventuresome, independent child who loved to wander in woodlands, museums, and libraries.
Reading was a way to escape an isolated, lonely childhood with minimal parental supervision or interaction. My world was schoolwork, books, and museums. My insatiable appetite for learning ensured I excelled in school and my love of museums encouraged an active imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I penned my first words in diaries as a child and continued through adulthood writing poetry (winning a few awards), short stories (never shared), and numerous work-related articles, newsletters, job descriptions, policy and procedure manuals.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love working on the story line, watching it evolve, change over time, and eventually come to fruition as a finished product that others can benefit from and, hopefully, enjoy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my encouragement to continue and never give up. Their praise and influence push me to excel and continue pursuing my goal to become a published author, no matter how many rejections I receive!
What are you working on next?
I am currently fine-tuning a mystery/thriller. I hope to eventually find an agent who will find my words worthy of publishing and promoting.
Who are your favorite authors?
I classify myself as an eclectic reader. I enjoy good stories. They can be mystery/thriller/suspense, paranormal, fantasy, romantic, historical, or humorous. Some of my favorites include: Dale Brown, Steve Berry, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, James Patterson, Iris Johansen, John Sanford, Janet Evanovich, and J.K. Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The whiff of freshly brewed coffee drifting through the air as the mockingbirds begin their early morning serenades.
Thoughts of walking along the Gulf shoreline, discovering new shells, or snapping pictures of flora and fauna.
Watching the sunrise as it drenches the sky with a kaleidoscope of colors.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy long bike rides in the early morning hours, walks along the beach, reading, working difficult jigsaw and crossword puzzles, people watching, and visiting new places.
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