When I tell people I’m a writer, the same types of questions seem to come up again and again. Here’s my attempt to answer some of the most common and some of the more interesting questions (in no particular order)…
Q. Where do you find the time to write?
A. This is always an unpopular answer, but the first thing I gave up was watching most television. It’s amazing how many hours can be frittered away watching those (albeit, sometimes super entertaining) shows. On the flip side, there are other things I was happy to give up, like my obsessive compulsion to clean. I still clean occasionally (no one’s catching the swine flu or anything from my kitchen sink), but I’ve learned to let the little things go. Fingerprint smudges on the stainless steel? No sweat, I’ll catch them later. After a while you don’t even notice them. Some things I’d never give up are reading, entertaining and spending quality time with family.
Q. I’ve read Mulligan Girl and really enjoyed it. What other books do you write and where can I get them?
A. I’ve completed many novels, some of which are lining bottom drawers and closet shelves and are best left exactly there. The good news is, the practice allowed me to complete another two novels I’m really happy about, along with some works in progress. You can read all about them under Books, but you won’t be able to buy them until I sell them first. I don’t know when that will be, but be sure to check back. Those who read my website or blog will be the first to know!
Q. What’s up with the Audi S4 in Mulligan Girl?
A. Have you ever driven an Audi S4? In all seriousness, I think I was a racecar driver in another life. While much of my nature is to be cautious and conservative, I just can’t resist that kind of power under the hood coupled with that kind of control on the pavement. It’s just plain giddy fun.
Q. Do you pattern your characters after real people?
A. No, my characters are fictional, though I’d be fibbing if I said there weren’t exaggerated elements from various people I’ve met over the years sprinkled in here and there. For instance, I used a likeness of an old neighbor’s dog for Blackie in Layers of Cake. I do tend to put some of myself into my protagonists, which is easy to do with a first person dialogue. Still, even those characters (and all their sticky situations) are fictional.
Q. What do you like to do beside write?
A. Writing does take up a lot of hours, but in between I like to spend time with my family, even if it’s just for a quiet meal outside on the patio, or watching a movie together. I also enjoy reading my favorite authors-- Janet Evanovich, Sophie Kinsella, Nelson DeMille – I love to laugh! When I get the chance, I like to travel (well, not the getting there part, but the being there part for sure). When I can’t travel I like to take a little escape to the local bookstore or library. There’s nothing like the smell of the books, the crinkle of a plastic book cover, and the thrill of discovering a new author. Sign me up!
Q. Part of your book is set in Ireland. Have you ever been there?
A. Sadly, not yet. But I have spent countess research hours in the local Lis Doon Varna Irish Matchmaker’s pub! Okay, not really, since my book was finished before they ever built the place. But now that it’s there, I find myself drawn to its charm (not to mention the excellent food!). A trip to Ireland is on my short list, though.
Q. If you could be one of your characters, who would it be?
A. Tad. He’s not the sharpest tack in the box, but he’s super optimistic and he sure does try hard, doesn’t he? Good old Tad, always looking on the bright side of things. (What? You didn’t expect me to say Ren? I’ve got a husband who reads this site!)
Q. I’ve written a manuscript/children’s book/article. Will you read it and give me your opinion?
A. I’m sorry, but no. I’m flattered that you’d like my opinion, but between writing, family, critique groups, my day job and other professional organizations, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. What I can recommend is joining a local or online writing group in your chosen genre. They’re easy to find on the internet. Many offer free, trial memberships. At minimum, you’re likely to find other writers willing to read and critique your work. Who knows? You may even find a good critique partner, or even better, wonderful new friends. Another possibility is to join a professional organization like Romance Writers of America, or the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The possibilities are endless. I find the more I stay connected with these groups, the more I improve.
If you have other questions, please feel free to Contact Me. I’ll do my best to update the FAQ section periodically.