Escape. Through my writing I am able to go away to another place, time, or world. I can forget all about how hard the day might have have been or the new obstacle that has been thrown at me in my life. When I write, I become the characters and experience a world other than my own.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am writing a romance Sci-Fi novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
My absolute favorite author is Dean Koontz. I enjoy his use of dialogue and how he develops his characters. I also like that he leaves room for my imagination when telling his stories. He is descriptive but not overly detailed as to take away from my thought process and interpretation of the story I am reading.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Promoting and marketing and researching for my current work and unpublished work.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was thirteen and living in my home town state of New York. There was a city wide contest among the schools in which you needed to write and construct a book from cover to cover. The name of my story was Joe Brady Master Detective. After this project I was hooked and have been writing ever since.
What is your writing process?
I know this will probably sound odd but I usually get my title first. I may be sitting in a restaurant or in the car. Something will catch my eye and I get a title that pops in my head. From there the story emerges. I do not write an outline like many authors may do. I sit at the computer with the blank page and it just comes to me. Now sometimes I may get the ending partially through the piece, but most of the time I'm in the dark when I'm writing. I know it when it happens.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Anything from the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz because I love the character. 2. Lightening by Dean Koontz because I love time travel. 3. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts because I love a good mystery mixed with supernatural composites. 4. Timeline by Michael Crichton because once again time travel. 5. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris because they are just plain fun.
Describe your desk
It's really a very small, espresso colored computer desk. I have a mouse pad that has bright red flowers on it with a wireless mouse. A Dell computer with wireless key board and 20# flat screen monitor. There are four flash drives to save my books on and a plastic coaster that has green and blue squares on it with my flowered coffee mug. A tin can my daughter gave me when she was in grade school that holds my various pens and pencils. A wireless phone on it's docking and a wire basket for the bills that are due with my glasses tucked in next to my check book. To the right on a shelf is the tower, wireless router and modem. There's also a plaque that I received from the March of Dimes charity for raising $1000.00 dollars two years ago. And lastly, my MP3 player in a little white zipper case.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my early years in both Queens and Long Island New York. When I was nearly fifteen, my parents moved me and my brother to Southern California. I really feel that having both the east coast and west coast influence has helped to shape me in ways and influence my ideas differently than if I had stayed back east. New York I think gave me the edginess that I feel some of my characters have and the love for the supernatural. The structures are so much older there and the history wonderful. California gave a relaxed component to my personality that I am able to incorporate into some of my characters as well. While enjoying the open feeling of the land and appreciation for the beauty of the mountains and its terrain.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one I am currently writing takes place at State line between Nevada and California. It is a Sci Fi piece with and underlining romance. Five twenty something friends go away for a few days of fun and concerts and wind up getting caught up in an invasion of our planet by a race of aliens who are quietly infiltrating our world for reasons not yet known. They possess the ability to transfer entire buildings, neighborhoods, etc., to create the illusion of a normal appearance while conducting their process of becoming part of us and remaining unsuspected by the outside world.
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