Castle-Collecting Romance Novelist
Please tell us your latest news!
My debut book, More than a Job has just been released by Desert Breeze Publishing.
If you were to do it all over again, would you change anything in your lasted book?
Well, because I love the characters, they have continued to live in my head, and I have an epilogue playing out. Or maybe a sequel or companion book. We'll see.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My brother is also an author, in a completely different genre, so even though I am the eldest I am not the first to publish a book. My sister directs a Literacy Center in a nearby county. All five kids are readers, something we learned from our parents, who have always been voracious readers as well. We are PKs - Preacher's Kids - and I admit I did edit some of the steamier scenes when I realized that Mom and Dad would read my book.
Can you tell us something behind-the-scenes about this book that the readers would love to hear - something not easily found on your website?
More than a Job is about a woman who worked in group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. I worked in the disability field, both in disability rights and in programs like the one in the book, for more than 30 years. I am developing some guidelines about writing characters who have disabilities, because of that experience.
Do your fictional characters develop on their own, or do you have their lives planned out in advance?
A little of both! I find that even if I have the plot mapped out and the character develop written down, the characters often go off in unexpected directions. In More than a Job there is a significant event in Paige's life that wasn't in my mind in advance at all.
Do you base any of your characters personalities off people you know, and if so, do you tell them?
Not consciously, but sometimes a friend or family member will remind me that an event or conversation or characteristic is from someone in real life. I think my writer's mind tucks away memories that might make good stories, and then pulls them out when they are needed without my conscious action.
When did you discover you are a writer? Was there a specific catalyst?
I've always written stories. My mom kept some of the imaginative ones from grade school and always declared I was a writer. When I was 14 I was in a class that went on a field trip to a nearby prison. All the people wrote their impressions, and I was chosen to put them together to submit to a youth magazine. The article about our trip, with comments from my classmates, was the first thing I published. By the time I graduated from college, ten other articles were accepted by that publisher.
What's your favorite place you've visited? Do you have a "must see" destination on your bucket list?
I love British Columbia. Vancouver and Victoria are beautiful, diverse, and interesting cities. Scotland and Ireland, especially ares of our ancestors, are definitely on my Bucket List.
So, I can't wait anymore, tell me about the castles!
I collect castles on glass, wood, sand, on cups and plates, candles... Everything imaginable, I have almost 100 different ones.
Anything else you want to share?
Stay tuned. If you enjoy More than a Job, there are two more books coming in 2012.
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