Describe your desk
LOL! Having recently (and temporarily) moved back to Florida, I barely own any furniture. My "desk" is a mattress on the floor. My keyboard sits on my lap. I love this setup because it gives my puppies and kitties the ability to come cuddle with me while I'm working.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Staten Island, NY, and spent a good portion of my summers at my aunt's farm in upstate NY. Spending time on my aunt's farm introduced me to the beauty of the Hudson Valley, and it was a no-brainer to set Dark Moon Gates there. My character Willa, shares my love for hiking, nature and the mountains. And critters, of course.
New Paltz is also where I discovered I was a witch, thus giving me the metaphysical background that underlies the magick in my story.
My childhood home was a haunted mansion (I kid you not) and it's likely that the haunting brought out some of my psychic tendencies. We had a huge lot (comparatively) which had been landscaped 200 years before, and my grandmother taught me the names and medicinal & culinary uses of many of the plants there, which is probably the reason that Willa's descriptions are lush with references to the local plantlife.