Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the early 1940s, I was born into an upper middle class family, with parents who were active readers. We had no TV, but my siblings and I found plenty to do in a nearby wooded area. The public high school in our small Southern town had excellent English teachers, who taught me how to write.
When did you first start writing?
My high school newspaper was my first writing experience, and I found it exciting.
Next on the list is the fourth book of the Adaline series. The next book, Division, continues 62's quest to find out exactly what happened to divide Adaline and Curie and how to stop a common enemy from destroying them both. I'm in the writing stages of Division now, and expect it to be ready for print in early 2019.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Sarah Lyons Fleming (Until the End of the World), Randall P. Fitzgerald (Cyberpunk Trashcan) and S.E. Anderson (Starstruck). Not only are they all fantastic writers, but they've each been instrumental in helping me to grow as an author.
The first story I ever wrote was about a young woman alone on a beach. She has to decide how to go on living after the death of her husband and child. I never did finish it.
What is your writing process?
I make myself a huge mug of coffee and settle myself in my armchair. Pointed at my bookshelves. I then write longhand for a short while, under the mocking gaze of so many great novelists. Then I flee for my desk and write up what I have. It usually evolves from there.
Of course I do! And it was forty years ago. It was a fictional account of my adventures at horse camp, and I tried to get my mom to type it up on little book-sized pages. About three pages into it she said "forget this" and that was the end of my first attempt at a real story. Thankfully that didn't daunt me, and I learned to type in Jr. High.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have to admit, I'm a bargain shopper. I haunt the bargain sites and get the newsletters in my email box, and that's why it feels so great to find a gem. I've found a bunch, and those authors have earned a permanent spot on my "must buy" list.
My five favorite books are Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Secret Garden, The Princess Bride, Anna Karenina, The Master and Margarita, and The Portrait of a Lady. Oh wait that’s six books lol. I like these books because they are all filled with magic, and love and it’s disturbing effects and they each have special moments and meanings to me. They are unforgettable and classic and overall great reads!
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I like to read a variety of things. It really does come down to what I’m in the mood for sometimes I just like to read magazines and other times I get into a juicy romance or a good classic book.
I certainly do! Not surprisingly, it was a ghost story. I can't recall the title, but I remember it being about a young girl who learns she's inherited her grandmother's gift for seeing the dead and how she comes to terms with her peculiar legacy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tricky question! How can I narrow it down to just five?!
1. To Kill A Mockingbird. Beautifully written about some dreadful topics, but the bird of hope for better things still hovers behind it all.
2. The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. The world of Narnia had a massive impact on me as a child. Who doesn't want to believe in secret lands within fusty wardrobes?
3. Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Was there ever a more tragic tale than that of poor Tess? Hardy shows us the misery that lies behind the beauty, something we should all consider.
4. Wuthering Heights. Shocking at the time of publication due to its violence, but the destructive love between Cathy and Heathcliff is one that will always stand the test of time. The bleakness of the moors and the brutality of the characters provides endless inspiration.
5. The Woman In Black. Well a horror writer couldn't fail to include a ghostly tale in their top five! This has it all: creeping unease, corner of the eye frights, and a lurking sense of dread that our hero will never escape. Perfect for a chill afternoon.