When did you first start writing?
I started writing stories and poetry in high school. I began many book length stories but didn't finish any. In my thirties, after settling down in my profession and starting a family, I decided to go back and take one of these stories to the end. This first book took me almost ten years to complete.
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What is your writing process?
When I have an idea for a story, I jot it down. I may go back and look at it for months before I get a feel for what the whole story is going to be. Eventually I wrap my head around what the conflict and resolution of the plot will be. Then I sit down and write a very loose outline. This is when I usually start thinking about the characters-- who they are and what motivates them. Then I start writing. I usually write from beginning to end, but have on occasion, written chapters out of order. When the draft is done, I usually do three or four revision passes through it before the story is where I want it.