Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories. My first blush at writing, however, was in second grade. I wrote my first short story for a spelling assignment. You know one of those tasks where kids have to use each new word in a sentence. I decided instead to write a story. I loved the story and was so excited about it. I don’t think I slept a wink the night I turned it in. I was convinced it was the best thing my teacher would ever read. Only trouble was, I’d paid no attention to my spelling words or to grammar and I don’t think my teacher thought I demonstrated any appreciation for the tools I’d need to pursue my passion as a writer. I remember getting my paper back the next day with lots of red marks on it–corrections I should have known–and a note telling me I needed to pay more attention in class. Umph! I thought she needed to pay more attention to the story and less to the minor errors I had made.
2. Do you have a writing routine?
I write every day. After retiring from a career in radio – where I wrote news, commercial copy and promos, I returned home and established a home office. I’m there nearly every day and busy as I ever was writing. I think it’s important writers write.
3. What do you think is the hardest aspect of writing a book?
Re-writing. A draft is just a draft or the skeleton of what will become the book. There’s so much that is revealed as a writer works and reworks a manuscript. I think the biggest mistake a writer can make is trying to rush a finish.
4. Do you give your characters any of your bad traits?
Do I have to be honest? Carol is driven. I was driven. I loved working for a news talk station and Carol is much the same. Consequently, relationships frequently took a back seat to her career.
5. Would you make a good character in a book?
I like to think that Carol Childs is a memorable character because in my opinion, she’s real. She’s not a character that thinks she’s stronger than her male counterparts, but believes, ‘Brains Beat Brawn and a Mic is More Powerful than a Forty-five.” It’s the theme line of my books and one I hope that demonstrate that women have their own powers, different from their male counterparts, but equally as effective.
6. Where is your favorite place to visit?
There are so many. When I was very young, I travel a lot through Europe. I had such fun exploring so many areas, particularly in Italy. I don’t think there is anywhere I wouldn’t like to go. I grew up in the South West and loved the four corner regions of the US. I am very lucky. My life has been rich in travel and I believe it has opened my eyes to so much I never would have known about with the opportunity to travel.
7. What’s more important – characters or plot? (You cannot say both!)
I like to think character. Readers relate to characters. The news is full of nasty things that happen every day to people but when the public has a face to go with the story it permeates our psyche so much deeper than if were just an event with a face. I try to put a face to all my plots.
8. What do you wish you could do?
Ride horses. Up until several years ago I used to ride and own horses and I loved it. Unfortunately, I had a bad accident and had to hang up my stirrups. It was one of the highlights of my life and I miss it.
9. What’s the one THING you never leave the house without (besides your phone)?
My sense of humor. I live in L.A., to venture out into traffic one needs a sense of humor and patience.
10. What books do you currently have published and what are you working on now?
The Carol Childs Mysteries are my first published full-length novels. I’ve self-published several books, and I have a series of short stories on the internet, in various anthologies and magazines.
I’m working on the fourth book in the Carol Childs Series.
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