Being a fan of fiction, both writing and reading, I'd say writing allows me entrance into a world of creativity and make believe. REading fiction allows me entrance to a world of fascination by other authors. It's fun.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to mention, certainly, but I am a fan of Joyce Carol Oates, Rosamunde Pilcher, and Maeve Binchy, to name a few. I also like Ken Follett and Michael Schwaba. I enjoy the occasional Danielle Steel, too. I enjoy many authors from the old days, even though I was born long after them, like George Bellairs, Mary Jane Ward, and Daphne Du Maurier. I kind of collect really old books. I love reading them. Writing styles, the preference and popularity for, have changed so much over the centuries.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Google search or here on Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was Black Beauty followed by Fury. I loved then and love still stories about horses and westerns.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has allowed people access to my books.
When did you first start writing?
Poetry, as an adolescent.
Describe your desk
Very, very messy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a pretty awful romance.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Garden of Earthly Delights - Joyce Carol Oates The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett The Snake Pit -Mary Jane Ward Linus Jackson - Margaux Sky Henry VIII - Alison Weir The Unsettled - Michael Schwaba
What are you working on next?
I have a few irons in the fire. Coming up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and working.
What is your writing process?
Sticking to it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago, but I can't say it influences much of my writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have no choice. I have to work for money.
Are you an author that writes because you have to (the creative pull) or want to?
I want to - because, I suppose, of the creative pull.
How do you compare writers of the past ages to today's writers.
Boils down to personal preference, I would say. Each decade and century has its popular desires in writing, just as in music, arts, fashion... However, I do believe past decades and centuries had a more sophisticated, intelligence to the written word. Just my opinion. These days, it seems articulation is almost a lost art.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Now why would I reveal that!
How do you approach cover design?
Patiently and creatively.
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