Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, a small big town. I walked to a little neighborhood elementary school and went home for lunch. I walked or rode a bicycle everywhere. In the summers, we played outside with the neighborhood kids until dark. I had a lot of free time as a kid – very few scheduled activities. Not sure how this has influenced my writing, but I know it helped make me an avid reader. I'd wander over to the local library or ride the bus downtown to go to the central library, and I spent hours and hours getting lost in books!
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When did you first start writing?
Seems to me I've been writing forever. English was always my favorite class. It's what I 'get.' I'm the person who took college algebra over the summer and waited until senior year to muddle my way through the required basic biology class. I always enjoyed writing papers. My degree is in Journalism. I worked at a couple of newspapers out of college then moved into corporate communications, so I've been exposed to several different styles of writing. In Journalism, it's all about the facts. With fiction, it's okay to add description and emotion. It's very liberating, and I'm enjoying making stuff up!