Q: Why do you write books?
A: I feel compelled to write. Most of us try to spend the most time doing things that give us joy, that provide satisfaction and fulfillment. That is what writing does for me. I am in the business of creating at all times, and I am not sure why.
Q: When did you first start writing?
A: I did quite a bit of writing while going through adolescence. Writing was a coping mechanism for me, a therapy. I moved to a new town in junior high, and that is the first year I can remember when I was writing up a storm. Then I was reading and writing poetry. I also found so much beauty in song lyrics, and read them like poetry. I have a folder of my poems and bits from that time. My interest in poetry comes from the visual pictures they paint in my mind.
Q: Favorite Wine and Coffee?
A: I am a wine enthusiast. Can you tell from my first two books? I prefer a dry wine, and I like both white and red wines. My favorites include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I like med/dark roast coffee with Italian Roast being my favorite. I have had more than one reader tell me the wine references in my stories increased their vino consumption . . . sorry!
Q: How did you choose your genre?
A: Do you remember when you first started forming your favorite music playlist, or your decorating style, wardrobe or reading list? After time a pattern emerges and we know exactly where we belong and what we like. The mystery genre was known immediately to me, but the fantasy aspect was like a surprise guest who came for dinner uninvited, we really hit it off. I guess I invited them to stay awhile.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Everywhere! Impressions made from a place I’ve visited, or a dream, or a personality I’ve met end up in my stories. Some places, situations or people inspire the creative juices. Childhood memories that never leave find their way into my writing. When I am journaling I will circle a paragraph or sentence that I like, and that will end up in a story. When something strikes me as mysterious, either a place or a person I make a note of it.
Q: Do you ever experience writer’s block?
A: Not yet. Within my imagination, the stories are lined up, impatient to be told. I am doing my best to keep up with them. I have a shelf perched in a lofty place in my bedroom that holds books (more for decoration than use). It is the first thing I see every day when I open my eyes. I visualize it filled with books I’ve written.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy visiting wineries, decorating, traveling with family, hosting family events and holidays. I love good movies and television series that tell a story. I am interested in true crime news programs like Dateline and 48 Hours, the mystery aspect.
Q: Do you work with an outline or just write?
A: I work with an outline.
Q: What influences led you to writing?
A: As a child I was an avid fan of the Nancy Drew Series and any mystery in general. I remember reading the newspaper cover to cover after school when I was in 5th grade. I was drawn to novels based on true stories. I was a regular at the public library as soon as I learned to read through high school and college. I worked at two different libraries in college. I remember the day I got my first library card (1st grade) and the excitement my mom instilled over the possibilities it would provide to me.
Q: What aspects of your books do you enjoy writing most?
A: I enjoy describing scenes and work hard to paint a picture in the reader’s mind of exactly what I am seeing. I enjoy character development too. Many of the names of my characters, places and streets have significance in my life.
Q: Why do your books have spiritual themes?
A: I am anchored by my faith. In the storms of life He has been my beacon. His mercy and protection in my darkest days still touches my heart and floods me with gratitude. That experience transformed everything that came after. I hope for others to know the peace and joy and hope that comes from Him.
Q: How do you choose your titles?
A: Only after a book is completely done, do I feel ready to put the cherry on top with a title. I usually list all of my ideas, and begin to rule them out, one by one.
Q: What is your next project?
A: By the time you are reading this, I hope to be deep into the outline for the next book in the Circle of Sun Series. I enjoy the characters so much and everything about White Oak. I have several other storylines I am interested in pursuing, and haven’t made the decision if they belong in the series or in a different series. I am learning as I go.