Exclusive Interview with
When did you start writing?
In my early childhood.
What makes writing your passion?
The opportunity to explore characters and life in a myriad of ways.
How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember! My fourth grade teacher was instrumental in nurturing my interest in writing.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Anxiety and exhilaration.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
They mirrored challenges I saw my friends facing as we all became empty nesters.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
I don't know that anything really annoys me. I can get frustrated sometimes at the solitary pursuit.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I step away - physically and emotionally. Completely clear space to reload.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
The joy that comes from exploring situations and bringing them to life.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Oh I would ask her to relax. To trust that she will figure it all out in exactly the right time.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I do. I appreciate all of the reviews, good and bad. I don't dwell on any of them.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
I love that a reader took the time to write a review and that the story and or characters connected with them.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
In some ways - perhaps a response or overall feeling.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
In Running With Our Eyes Closed, I could relate to Samantha's questions of what's next now that her children are raised.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
It is an essential component - one that should reflect the heart of the story as it is the first contact a reader will have.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I do. I really enjoy meeting and chatting with readers.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
It's a thrill. The first time it was a bit surreal.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Contemporary author-Paula McClain. She is a brilliant, compassionate storyteller.
Of all time - F. Scott Fitzgerald. No explanation needed :)
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
Not an easy question to answer. On the surface, fame - fortune all deliciously enticing. But quite honestly, at 62 and this point in my life "as big as" is simply to keep writing stories that readers love.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
Wouldn't switch places - pretty happy in this life as it is.