I expect to write and publish more books. I have so many ideas racing around my mind, that it’s a matter of allowing the ideas to filter into complete stories. I even have a plan for a non-fiction inspirational book.
Have you started another book yet?
I created an outline for a book using one of the characters from Shadows of Truth (John Coleman, the police officer) as the main character. Interestingly, so many readers said they loved his character and wanted to learn more about him. I may even write a mystery collection about John’s adventures as a private investigator in his retirement.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to be living in a lakefront home in North Carolina writing even more than I am currently.
Do you have any advice for writers?
The best advice I received when I was constantly thinking about my novel, but not writing was ‘JUST WRITE’ and stop critiquing every word. I highly recommend that anyone who wants to write just write. Set aside the fear of failure and the visions of disappointment and keep writing. Of course at some point editorial assistance and feedback will help improve the writing, but the only way to get started is to start without reservations.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I was a bank teller for many years, and then I stayed home to raise my children. Most of my ‘work’ has been in a volunteer capacity in various organizations.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I guilty pleasure is watching TV. I also like to walk my dog, ride my bike, and simply sit on my patio feeling the fresh air and listening to the leaves rustling and the birds chirping.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope people feel a greater sense of hope and courage to face their own personal challenges. I want to inspire readers to live fully and courageously.
What makes you angry?
Violence makes me angry. I wish there was a magical way to rid the world of violence. It’s important to demonstrate kindness and teach our children early that violence is not the way to achieve their goals.
Do you know your neighbors?
I know my neighbors enough to chat when we’re outside, but I don’t really socialize with them. I have a few really good friends that live outside my town.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
I purchased Still Alice by Lisa Genova. She published Still Alice herself and was ultimately courted by agents and publishers because the book was a great success. It’s the story of a woman who suffers early onset Alzheimer’s with the subsequent challenges of an ever-changing life with new obstacles. It was well written and the characters were beautifully developed.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
One of the most important tools I used, and would highly recommend, is the book called Elements of Style by Strunk & White. It took my manuscript from at-home-mom-wannabe-writer to author of a novel.
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Genre - Women’s Contemporary Fiction
Rating – PG-13