Tell us a bit about your family. My family consists of a husband, a two-year-old son, a set of ten-month-old twins, and two dogs. The kids outnumber the adults. The dogs side with the kids. My husband and I are doomed.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? That I value my family above all else.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I’m sometimes too analytical at the expense of the emotional side of things.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? “Chance favors the prepared mind” by Louis Pasteur, a quote chock-full of sagacious truth and delightful irony.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Having my kids. So adorable, so squishy, so smiley, kids make the world a happier, less jaded, and more magical place.
What is your favorite color? Red. Santa Claus, fall leaves on fire, handsome firemen on fire trucks, so many things to love.
What is your favorite food? Cheerios. My idea of nirvana involves lounging on a couch with a good book in one hand and a box of Cheerios in the other.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Hiking on any scenic and peaceful nature trail with my family.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I grew up in a blue collar, middle class family in the Fargo, North Dakota metro area. The protagonist in my mystery series possesses a similar upbringing and resides in the same setting. I’m a computer scientist with degrees in computer science, biology, and chemistry, so I gave my protagonist a background in chemistry and computer science to enable me to integrate those subjects into storylines.
When and why did you begin writing? I started writing a decade ago, when I needed a break from reading. Many authors would probably concur that the functioning of the subconscious mind while writing is fascinating. My favorite part of writing occurs when the story takes a twist my conscious mind doesn’t see coming.
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Genre – Mystery
Rating – PG13