I had a lot of support from writers who had originally published books in the traditional manner but later found that having full control of their artwork and writing is a better idea. They inspired me, encouraged me and helped me move forward with the entire process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Every good sentence I develop can be like a puzzle or mysterious poem making readers feel something new and possibly unique. Making someone smile is truly my greatest joy.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on my first children's book and also started my sequel to Penniless Hearts. The title of course, is Penniless Souls.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to list and I'd forget someone important so I'll have to leave this one up in the air. Honestly though, I change my favorites quite often depending on how I feel. Readers are fickle. :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like swimming, cooking, reading and playing with my two dogs. They are super funny and are quite a huge distraction. When I wrote Penniless Hearts I didn't have a dog and we rescued two dogs in the last year who needed love. Adapting to change has been something I've excelled in throughout my life. I worked for over 20 years in the newspaper business where daily deadlines didn't mean one deadline at noon or something. There were multiple deadlines such as the sports page deadline, the classified deadline, the weekend magazine deadline etc. Was I great at juggling my time? No, but learning about time management helped me enjoy my life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read classics, bestsellers and usually books where I have made some sort of connection with the author. There is so much out there that the options seem limitless so choosing something entertaining is important to me. I am not entertained by anything with murder, blood, vampires, werewolves and needless violence. As authors, I think we have a responsibility to spread positive messages and peace. A book speaks to me when it develops relationships, has interesting characters, humor and love.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first published story is called Loser's Ledge in the anthology Fiction Noir-13 stories. I had titled it Sour Apples but the publisher preferred something darker to fit the anthology. It's a great book and I'm proud to be part of it. I have other published works from back in the eighties but they were more like articles instead of stories.
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