When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I listen to a lot of music, and follow my students and former students, on social media; that takes a lot of time. I also read a few authors on e-books. I read my own stories, over and over!
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Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Actually I do. It was Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott. A couple of years later, I read Little Women, and Good Wives. I loved, and still love, these stories dearly. The philosophy and the morals are a little dated, though I think I absorbed their essence into my own thinking. But I certainly absorbed some of Alcott's style. I only read the Anne of Green Gables books a couple of years ago, believe it or not, and unfortunately L. M. Montgomery's style has influenced my own even more heavily!