When and why did you begin writing? I had to have facial reconstruction surgery after a nasty skin cancer. I looked like Frankenstein for months. I began to journal the experience to a group of friends.
How long have you been writing? I have been typing for years and years. Writing a blog, a column, and a book since I was Frankenstein—about 7 years. I won two Erma Bombeck writing awards along the way, and that was a tremendous boost to my confidence and credibility as a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book? I love unusual names. I have always wondered how one’s name might influence one’s personality. I began a Twitter stream of names and descriptions, for example: “Today’s character in search of a novel: She hates the word ‘underpants:’ Prissy Pursley.” I posted one on Twitter for a year before people began to love them and demand that I write the stories of the character names I was creating.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began? Always Erma Bombeck. Nora Ephron.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years? Any writer who is talented, influential, and making money is an influence on me.
What made you want to be a writer? I had already had a business career, raised two children, and decorated the house. I needed something to do.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in
general? “Show, don’t tell.” I hate this. I just prefer to TELL.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Any writer who thinks he/she doesn’t need a professional editor is nuts.
Do you intend to make writing a career? DONE.
Have you developed a specific writing style? I think all writers have their own ‘voice.’ It is just part of us.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? I can say it in 500 words or less.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Thankfully, no.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I am writing a novel about a 15 year old girl who is drawn into the past and very complicated love affair of her mother. And her Aunt. Who shared the same man.
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Genre - Fiction / Short Stories
Rating – PG13