Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? It originated when I was in the 4th grade and I was given the assignment to write a poem.
How long have been writing? I have been writing for over fifty years.
When did you first know you would be a writer? When I was in college.
What inspired you to write your first book? I wanted to write about a positive role model. A book that would encourage teens to be the best they can be.
Do you intend to make writing a career? I am doing that now. I am semi-retired and I spend a lot of time writing stories and plays.
Have you developed a specific writing style? I try to write in first person giving the feeling that the main character Is speaking directly to the reader. My playwriting background helps me do this.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? My greatest strength as a writer is my use of dialogue. This is demonstrated in my novels and plays.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I am presently working on a book of short stories and plays.
How did you come up with the title? Almost A Senior, the title of my novel, came about because the heroine is a Junior doing what is normally done by Seniors. She became president of the student body at her high school. Thus, she is Almost A Senior.
Can you tell me about your main character? Loresha, the main character, is a teenager who knows what she wants. She is a good student who loves school and what school has to offer. She is an excellent role model for other teens.
Who designed the cover. We wanted a real female teen on the cover. I suggested my niece.
Who is your publisher? My publisher is a small independent publisher; daylightbooks.net with Scott Martin at the helm.
Will you write other books in this genre? Yes, I am developing another teen/young adult novel.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? Some personal experience, for example I was on the student body council. By vote, and I struggled with breast cancer like Loresha’s mother, Mama Police.
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Genre – Young Adult
Rating – PG
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