Librarian--Book Lover--Cat Lover--Dog Lover--Drinker of dry red wine--Unitarian Universalist (with Spiritualist sympathies and an interest in Buddhism). I am older than 25 but still feel that young. The older I get, the more I realize how much I have in common with everyone else. I prefer to write about the dramas of regular people, ordinary people--not the rich and famous. The unseen and unacknowledged lives sweated out and rejoiced over and agonized through are much more interesting. I still work for a living--in a high school--and realize I should have been a history professor. Maybe next time.
What makes a good story?
Some people prefer an action-filled plot. Some readers love a story with characters they can relate to and care about. Plot of course is the main requirement. But characters that matter are terribly important too. I write gentle plots mostly, but life still happens and characters still change, and that is what is essential.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Suburban Rochester, NY. The Erie Canal was just past the corn field that was just past the field behind my neighbor's back yard. Lake Ontario offered beaches, swimming, camping, and Seabreeze Amusement Park. Woods, fields, lakes, and the canal formed a wonderful childhood landscape. That and a dead-end street with about 100 kids on it made for a fun childhood. This landscape has literary allure. Woods hide people and secrets. (I wrote a scene in the historical novel I'm working on in which an escaped slave captures an escaped prisoner in the woods.) Water moves characters from place to place, and in the same novel, it helps slaves reach Canada. Landscape feeds a story.
How do you know when love is real? Or worth starting? Or worth keeping? Three lesbian couples navigate the pleasures and perils of couplehood, all the while negotiating their needs as individuals and the needs of their relationships.
Marisol is struggling to find her niche as a Latina newcomer in a small community. She acquires a series of successes but finds her position as a beloved softball coach under constant threat by the powers that be in the community. The consequences of "thinking like a woman," as one character says, force her to adjust her goals and dreams.