I was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, then raised and educated in New England where I worked as a teacher and guidance counselor for a private school in Cambridge. I began writing my first novel, INTWINE, on May 3, 2009. It began with an idea about an Earth-like planet on the other side of the galaxy. In two months the first draft was complete. There are 4 published books in this series:
Vampire of My Dreams, a novella, is another one of my published title.
I’m married, have two adult children, a dog named Remi, and I currently live in Burbank, California.
What inspires you to write?
This question always makes me pause because I don’t exactly know. Something just seems intensely interesting and I get an idea that I like, and that explodes into more satellite ideas that are attached to the main one, and a story is born. It often happens after I wake up in the middle of the night.
Tell us about your writing process.
The ideas come and I make notes, then I do a brief outline of chapters by name, just to mark my path from beginning to end. Then I write and fill in the gaps. The story generates the characters. There isn’t much planning. I’ll just be writing and think that I want to introduce a new character now, or I want to add some action here because I’m getting bored. I love making new characters and imagining how they will interact with the others. The characters are very entertaining for me. There’s nothing like a great character to add new dimension to a story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They talk and I listen. I think I decide on their basic personality and imbue the invented person with this personality and it all seems like a natural growth. It just happens and doesn’t take much effort on my part. Once I decide on their basic attitude toward life and others, they continue to develop, or they take a back seat at some point because they either continue to contribute to the story or they don’t.
What advice would you give other writers?
Here’s my advice to other writers: don’t take advice. Be your own person, make decisions and go for it. You don’t need advice. You don’t need permission to write. If you are waiting for it, you hereby have my permission to write. Send me a copy when you’re done. I’m excited for you and I can’t wait to read it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I think I did what every author eventually does. I wrote a book then I had to discover what the word “publishing” actually meant and how one went about getting a book published.
I decided that opening a publishing house with my husband and publishing my own books was the best way to go.
I did it old school — hired an editor, hired a typesetter, a cover artist and had paperback books printed through a professional book printer. We stock and sell my books directly. I scheduled my own book signings and writing classes. Eventually we hired someone to format the books for Kindle and I learned how to published through Smashwords and a few of my books are with them. I formatted them myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It has changed very fast over the past 4 years and it continues to change and evolve. I find it fascinating! I try to predict the direction it’s taking and plan accordingly. I’m mostly interested in staying alert and on the pulse of all the changes. I accept it as part of the job.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Love Stories
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print