When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
For most of the year I'm a real home-body, I love cuddling with my husband of 27 years, watching movies with him--we have a huge movie collection. Of course there's always lots of laundry to do! I'm also a photographer and in the warmer months I indulge that passion when we go out on the motorcycles. We hit several runs and rallies every spring/summer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. In the 4th grade I discovered that I was a writer when we were given our first creative writing assignment. We were to write stories about a baby bird's flight and read them to the class. I put pencil to paper and was instantly whisked away by a force I couldn't explain. I knew that I was meant to do this very thing, this very simple act of putting pencil to paper and letting my mind free. Everyone read their happy stories to the class. I got up and told of how the baby bird flew too high, hit a plane, crashed to the ground and died. I told of how the mama bird and daddy bird cried of how even God was upset sending the rains pouring from the sky. The class was speechless when I finished they were all just staring at me. The teacher kept me after class told me my story was very good but it was different from the others. She asked me if I'd ever heard of Icarus and did I base my story on him. But I had yet to encounter Greek Mythology or hear a whisper of Icarus. As she let me leave class she again told me how good the story was but suggested I might want to write something happier next time. I asked her why and she had no answer so I never took her advice.
What is your writing process?
Other than tearing out my hair as I stare at a blank page with a blinking cursor? LOL I have my little rituals, for instance, I write from 2:30pm to 4:30pm Monday-Friday with Saturday and Sunday being 'all day events'. I have to my coffee, my Coke, candles, incense, and a few other goodies to get me going.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to incorporate images that have something to do with the book and create an overall feel of the pace of the novel. It takes many attempts before I'm satisfied and then I usually I find it's only a temporary satisfaction. I end up working on and tweaking covers right up until just before Release Day.
Describe your desk
It's a mess! Well, that's anyone would think but I know where everything is and it's all within arms' reach. It's a big old antique desk that weights a ton! It's loaded with family photos, good luck charms, and a letter from Stephen King that's more than 30 years old is always perched right in front of my eyes, a 'Peanut' doll, several witch dolls, and over it is my kitch shelf where I can look up and see my Star Trek dolls (original), KISS dolls (also original), and many other things that never fail to make me smile.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New London, CT and I live in my childhood house where my husband and I have raised two daughters to adulthood. I adore New England and although many times my mind wanders and I daydream about living in Greece or at least Colorado ;) I know I'd never want to live anywhere else. New Englanders are hearty folk who know how to roll with all of the punches life throws at us. That's probably one reason my characters are so tough and strong.
What's the story behind your latest book?
OBSESSION tells the tale of a recently widowed middle-aged woman who's found a second chance at love with a retired military man. Both characters have painful pasts and that's probably what brings them together. As they explore their relationship a serial killer lurks in the background and he has hit sights clearly set on our heroine as he terrorizes the small town of Tarrytown, ME.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection. I got sick of it. I got so tired of seeing people get published, reading their books, and knowing they were garbage but they were published just by the luck of the draw or depending on how any given editor/editor's assistant/agent/agent's assistant felt at the moment a manuscript crossed their desk. I knew my stories were good enough to be published and I wanted to be able to find my niche. I would have preferred to go the Old Fashioned Route but there's only so much BS one can take before they either give up totally or strike out on their own. Publishing houses are missing out on a lot of revenue and a lot of talented authors simply because they're too narrow-minded to see past their own noses. It's a shame. It really is but that's the way it's always been except now those of us in the Rejection Pool don't have to stay there.
What are you working on next?
"Kingdoms of War", the OF WAR Series finale. It will release in the spring of 2014.
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