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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It may sound cliche, but I think I have always known I wanted to write. I started writing short stories when I was about eight, and graduated into incompleted books by junior high. I was fortunate to have teachers who encouraged me to do more, and at nineteen I sold a story for $150. I still have a photocopy of the check twenty years later.

How long does it take you to write a book?
I would say on average – and this includes all drafts – a little over a year. My first novel was completed in three months, but I spent many more in the editing process. Six drafts later, I was ready to shop it. My latest book, DEAD BARCHETTA, took ten months in all at the core, but in truth it was six years in the making due to starts and stops while I worked on other projects.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work during the day, and take care of the family at night, so my writing schedule is very erratic. Basically, I take every available second – this could mean jotting sentences on my iTouch, fixing a paragraph or two on my lunch break, or writing on bar napkins at the pizza joint! Somehow, some way, I get work done.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Well, there’s a question I’ve never been asked! If you mean by the actual craft, I’d have to say I’m pretty good at delivering one-liners when the scene calls for it.

How do books get published?
Most of my books are available in eBook and trade paperback. Some are independently published, others are available through small print presses. I am published through Mundania Press, Phaze Books, and DLP Books.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I am inspired by so many things and situations. My first novel, LITTLE FLOWERS, was inspired by news I had read of the boming of an abortion clinic, and SAINTS PRESERVE US was inspired somewhat by my love of cozy mysteries and stories of certain saints I have admired. PITHED, my book with Mundania, was an idea given to me by my father, and DEAD BARCHETTA arose from a love of rock music and thriller stories.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I actually have two answers for this. When I was 21 I took part in a group novel effort with some classmates in college and our writing professor. The story was a fantasy/horror set in the Northwest. My first solo work was a YA science fiction work, completed when I was 22. Neither have seen the light of day.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I rest! Well, there’s that, and I enjoy spending time with my little girl. We will go to the pottery shop and paint coffee mugs, and play marathon UNO games. I have also taken up knitting.

What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive, and have done their best to spread the word. I’m not sure everybody has read all the books, however, and in some cases that’s fine!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Primarily that I had the ability to finish one! Seriously, sometimes I’ll go back and read passages of older works and think to myself, “I wrote that? That’s pretty funny.”

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have a few pen names, so all together I’d say 15. Half are mystery, the other half romance. Choosing a favorite is difficult – it’s like picking a favorite childĀ - but I am attached to DEAD BARCHETTA because it is the book that almost “wasn’t.” I had shelved it so many times I honestly thought I would never finish it.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read, keep writing, and revise what you write. The more you write, the more you will improve. Simple as that. I can look at work I have out now and writing from twenty years ago and there is a difference.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Readers for the most part are very positive. I am not flooded with mail, but what messages I do receive are very nice.
Do you like to create books for adults?
I do, but I would like to broaden my horizons. I am interested in the YA genre, though I don’t know that I will write it.

What do you think makes a good story?
Believable characters, strong dialogue, and vivid imagery. If you can draw a reader into the story without having to over-explain everything, you’re doing well.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Every year it was something different. President, a nurse, a teacher. Now I just want to make it to the weekend.

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