When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors. I like to bike, hike, run, fish, and have fun with my family. I am also on a competitive dragon boat racing team made up of almost all breast cancer survivors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing this book was extremely cathartic and healing. It provided an outlet for me to channel some of the negative emotions I was feeling into something positive.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read fiction, autobiographies, and non-fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in high school. I found that I really enjoyed writing poetry. Throughout my teenage years and early 20s, I wrote quite a bit of poetry.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The gift of life! When something has actively tried to take away that gift, you are reminded to treasure every moment! I wake up ready to have a full and purposeful day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I can remember writing was in elementary school. It was about a child who left his favorite stuffed animal on a bus and his journey to find this beloved animal.
What is your writing process?
I begin just writing ideas I have. They can be complete ideas, fragments, adjectives, whatever comes to mind. I may start in the middle or wherever my mind seems to take me. As I develop a more concrete plan, I begin to fill in the gaps until I have a complete story.
How do you approach cover design?
I do not have graphic design experience so at the moment, I think I prefer simple, yet meaningful symbols or artwork. If I had more experience, I would create a unique yet simple design.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I never intended to write this book. I began writing a compilation of memories of my experience with breast cancer for my children to read when they were older. Before I knew it, I had a complete book and felt that perhaps if I shared my experience, it would be able to help someone else.
What are you working on next?
I will be taking a break from writing to complete my latest goal--becoming a nurse!
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