Jill of many trades. I have had many life chapters- I was a tennis player, swimmer and body boarder when I was young. After graduating from college with a Communications degree I took a one way train trip to San Francisco and worked in magazine publishing for a couple years then began working for social service non profits. I eventually became a non profit fundraiser. I lived in San Francisco for 13 years and moved to Manhattan in 2008. I took a career track detour in New York and worked in hospitality and sales. I had my ass kicked financially in New York and moved back to San Francisco with friends who were like family.I recovered with good California living for several years. I enjoyed riding scooters and singing karaoke. Recently I moved back to Northern FL to be closer to my family. Enjoying going to the beach and boating. Also very interested in current affairs and politics. Recently volunteered for Fair and Open Primaries to support establishing open primaries in Florida and volunteered on Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign.
How do you approach cover design?
I worked with a graphic designer and described the cover concept I had in mind. She showed me background images and I asked to see a sampling of similar images. I knew I wanted the cover to display an image that would clearly identify as NYC- because NYC is the backdrop and a character in the book. I decided a color image would be more attention grabbing than a black and white illustration of a city scene I had originally had in mind. I think the image style is modern- not nostalgic which suits my content. I wanted the font style in Green"Witch" to be a bit off kilter to hint at the deliberate play on Greenwich. I came up with the idea when one of my European customers mispronounced the word and it tickled me.
What is your writing process?
I would wake up on my days off and turn on my laptop and write for two to four hours before I became distracted by life. My advice is to create a habit of writing on certain days or times each week and do it! The thought of writing a novel can be overwhelming but creating a process or effective routine for yourself provides the roadmap to creating a longer work. In the beginning I didn't write an outline or timeline I just began writing regularly. I stopped questioning and critiquing myself and let my creative mind take over to tell the story. I had doubt, I had fear, but I kept on going.