What is your writing process?
I Research, write, re-write, proof, edit, wait till enough time has passed so I won't read into the page, and proof again, edit again, and so on. That's why there are so many editions to each book.
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Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother was reading "The Five Little Peppers And How They Grew" to us. When she went into the house for something, we were sitting under a tree in the yard, I picked up the book and tried to read it. Years later when I finally learned to read for myself, I learned with the Little House books. I felt like the characters were all friends and I loved them.I think that probably was the impetus for the story my little sister and I made up and acted out for the next dozen years - that and the stories about family members settling the west when it was untamed and wild.