In recent years I re-tooled my career from freelance writer and adjunct college instructor to novelist. After years of writing articles about health matters, manufacturing, and banking, I had to radically change my writing style to suit the novel I wanted to write. It’s been a great journey.
I live with my husband, Timothy, in Austin, Texas, where both of us are volunteer narrators for the Texas Talking Book Program. Inline skating and polymer clay are favorite activities, along with anything that involves my family.
What inspires you to write?
The big picture, finding the germ of a story, comes from one or more things that nag at me. My work-in-progress revolves around the impact a novelist has on the ordinary people she exposes. It's always bothered me when a writer does this. I hope this doesn't make my writing sound preachy.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a pantser. I have a sense of the characters, the locale, and story goal, and I might begin building character profiles, but then I just write. You wouldn't want to read my first draft. It reads like a glorified outline. But it's in the writing that ideas come to me.
I'm using Scrivener for my current work.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. Sometimes I'll write something and a character will let me know we're not going there.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm currently hooked on William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mystery series. I'm also a big fan of his literary novel, Ordinary Grace.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published Compromise With Sin to keep control of my work. My book came out in print June 1, 2017. I plan to keep it fresh with special promotions, say for Helen Keller's birthday. A publisher wouldn't take that approach.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it's thriving. I see it changing, as in the rapidly growing popularity of audiobooks.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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