What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t bother too much about sentence structure or grammatical things. I get my ideas down on paper. Sometimes the ideas come so fast my fingers cannot keep up. Then I let it sit for a day or so and read it fresh, making corrections before proceeding. I never have a schedule where I say, “Now I’m going to write today.” My best ideas come to me when I’m out walking. Sometimes I can’t get back to the house fast enough to record the ideas before I lose them.
How do books get published?
That’s a question with a variety of possible answers. Once the manuscript has been edited, the normal first step is trying to find an agent. That is not always possible, and traditional publishing houses only accept manuscripts via agents. In lieu of an agent, one can try smaller publishing houses that will accept queries direct from the author. Presenting a compelling case about your book needs to be done with the query. Learning how to write a query can make a big difference. If that is not successful, the last resort is to “self-publish.”
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
From current events and from life experiences. Travel has often triggered ideas that I found of interest for a story. Research is an important part of writing. Guessing about places or events just won’t do.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started writing my first book in 1976 and got it published in 2006 when I was sixty-five years old. The first book was a non-fiction story, not originally intended for publication, but more as a family journal. I was encouraged to seek publication by my daughter who felt that it had much human interest potential. She was right.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to walk/hike and keep busy doing things physical—gardening, home repairs, etc. Of course for relaxation, I like to read.
What does your family think of your writing?
My immediate family provides encouragement and support. They are most helpful in giving critique when asked. They are also proud of what I’ve accomplished.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I was first surprised that it would be accepted for publication. I was further surprised at the amount of work involved in promotion. I think most people think they can just write a book and then sit back and relax. It doesn’t work that way. If one wants to see their book on the market, they must commit to promoting it.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written three, so far. As for a favorite, that is difficult to say. The first one was non-fiction, a memoir of sorts, while the second one, currently being promoted, is non-fiction. The third, a romance novel, was the most fun and was written prior to my current novel. Problem was in finding a suitable publisher or agent. I guess the first book will always be a favorite. Lots of nostalgia associated with it.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I receive emails of congratulation. The readers also want to know if there is a sequel, or if I’m working on another novel. It is certainly encouraging and tells me that they like what I write. With the current novel, it has been called, “provocative, hair-raising, revealing, well-balanced, a must read, etc.”
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