I’ve been writing for fun since the age of 12, but professionally since the age of 40, when I lost my social work career to a blinding disorder known as RP. It was then I decided to give professional writing a try. It took a lot of query letters, but I was finally published about a year later, and have been writing ever since. About 17 years now.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy storytelling, so I write stories I myself would want to read, but also stories that I think may be entertaining to readers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start knowing the beginning, middle, and end of a story, then write a list of scenes from 1-whatever, and write those scenes one by one. I have ideas about the characters before I start. Sometimes I deviate from my scene list as I write, but it doesn't happen often. When it does, it makes for some interesting surprises.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't interact with my characters. I tell them what to do and say in order to convey the story.
Who are your favorite authors?
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. "Jaws" by Peter Benchley. "Goodbye, Janette" by Harold Robbins.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was a paperback published the traditional route. That process was fine, and I'm glad to have had the experience. I received an advance, they did the marketing, publicity, etc. That was nice. After that, however, I wanted to try self-publishing. I wrote a lot of books, and this seemed a perfect, efficient way to get them in the hands of readers. However, the marketing and publicity is all up to the writer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think as long as there are writers who write, and readers looking for something to read, book publishing will thrive in one form or another. It will always be about telling stories to people who love to read them.
What genres do you write?
detective stories, crime novels, tragedy, angst, young adult, children, non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
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