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 write under two names, Sue Viders for all my nonfiction stuff, and my maiden name D.B Humel for all my fiction stories.
I live in Lone Tree, CO, a suburb of Denver with my lawyer husband surrounded by my five adult children and six grandkids.
The one thing I would like everyone to know is that you are never, and I do mean never, too old to start writing. I’m going to be 85 this spring and my plate is overflowing with great projects, both nonfiction and fiction.
I wake up every morning and can hardly wait to get to my computer and start working, whether it’s on plotting an outline, editing a draft, designing a form for the writing/teaching book or setting up a new class to teach.
Life is grand.
1. How did you get started writing?
Eons ago. I was teaching marketing to visual artists and noticed that there were absolutely no books on the subject…so I started writing them…tons of nonfiction marketing books, tapes, charts and you name it.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
After so many years of having to tell the “truth” I longed to exaggerate a bit, so I started writing fiction where I could make things up. It’s great fun.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Editing. Going over the words and trying to make “sing” a little better, or making sure the reader will understand and appreciate the scene or the idea/concept if a nonfiction book.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Create art. I am working on a large 4×4 foot college of a mountain scene for over the downstairs fireplace… will probably take a couple of years to finish as there just isn’t time in the day to do everything and still write.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Lunch… we have a great breakfast and wonderful soups for dinner, but lunch, ah, I get to experience with different ideas.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
Oh, I love doing the villain. Getting into their point of view and seeing how they interact with the heroine or hero… great fun
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Yes. I have an open book in just about every room in the house.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I love it right where I am. I have a wonderful office, a great set up and I enjoy being able to work there whenever I please.
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Cranberry. It’s my favorite color in the broad sections of hundred of hues and shades.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I have three main projects on my plate.
1 – I’m deep into my third Meg mystery
2 – The 2nd Dottie book, the Lets Write a Story series is just about to come out and editing is starting on the 3rd book.
3 – Whole Writer, a series of six inspirational writing books are also in the editing stage
And then I’m busy with the art work for all these projects, for the design of the covers, and this week for getting the back covers done, so Meg 1 and 2, along with Dottie 1 can go into print.
God, I do so love the whole world of art and writing. It’s so much fun.
Be sure to come back to read more about D.B. and her novel, MEG AND THE MYSTERIOUS VOICES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to D.B.’s website, blog, books, etc.
Blog for Dottie:
Website for Meg: http://dbhumel.com
Meg and the Misguided Arsonist: A Meg Jamison Mystery (Meg Jamison Mysteries Book 2)
Dottie 1 – Seven Ways to Plot: Seven Ways To Plot: Let’s Write A Story!
and my all time favorite nonfiction book:
The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes
Thank you, D.B., for sharing your story with us.
Don’t miss the chance to read these books!