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When did you start writing?
In 5th grade for fun and then seriously in 2010.
What makes writing your passion?
I enjoy bringing stories to life. I write character based stories based on my life experience.
How long have you been writing?
Seriously - since 2010
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Ecstatic. I ran around the house so excited!
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
My first series was about a trauma surgeon who works with a psychologist priest to protect a young orphaned teenager from a killer. My next series takes place on a beach!
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
Time is an enemy plus a slow process toward publishing.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
Music! I listen to music which stimulates scenes!
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
I love the feeling of knowing someone enjoyed reading my words!
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Start writing sooner! ( Like 30 years earlier)
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I do not read every review but I try to learn from them when I do.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes, but not exactly. I incorporate more of the emotions surrounding an event.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
It is easiest for me to identify with a character who is a physician as that is my “working life.”
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Absolutely!! It draws the reader and gives the first impression.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I speak to them All the time - through email, social media and other means.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Heather Graham, James Patterson - I like the “flow” of their work! Very fast, easy reads.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
Mary Higgins Clark , James Patterson, Heather Graham
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
Only to improve editing
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
It would be interesting to switch with another physician author - Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, Michael Crichton
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
I do not engage
What would you say to your readers?
Thank them profusely! And ask them to please tell 10,000 of their closest friends to read my books.
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
I live in NJ with my husband and dog. I have a lovely family.
What is your day job if you have one?
I am a family physician who has a lot of experience with hospice patients.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
Reading, Music, I love plants, flowers, and baking
Did you have a happy childhood?
Many wonderful memories
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
I have always loved reading, hearing and writing stories.
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
I am currently writing a British cozy romantic mystery.
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
Literacy, writing, enjoyable reading and communication as well as developing critical thinking skills.
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
1. To relieve the world of suffering.
2. Kindness toward and from all.
3. To sell more books!
What is your favorite music?
Country beach reggae - Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, and such.
Share a secret with us 🙂
I plan to spend more time writing!