What does love mean to you?Broadly viewed, love takes many forms; love of humanity is certainly primary if we are ever to have world peace. Love of family and friends builds heart-felt sense of security and well -being. The most intimate love is between lovers which brings contentment and excitement to our lives.
What is your favorite quote? “Everything works out in the end, if it doesn’t – it’s not the end.” Unknown author.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yes, many friends knowing something of my childhood continually insisted that I should write a book. Finally, after I started my teaching abroad, I began my book in 2007 and finished it in 2012.
Who or what influenced your writing? Family and friends, most importantly my mother who struggled with severe mental illness most of my lifetime.
Did writing this book teach you anything, and what was it? Absolutely. It taught me to be patient with myself, allowed me to be emotional, and guided me through some pent up psychological struggles left over from my childhood.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? My follow-up memoir that I am currently working on relates to my world travels, which include my travel experiences in approximately 30 countries. I am writing about my travels as I continue to travel internationally.
Who is your publisher? CHB Media from New Smyrna, Fla.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The most difficult part of writing Tattered Phoenix was emotionally charged re-experiencing a very troubled childhood. Because of this I had periods where I did not write because it was too painful to go back to that current subject. As I coped with this over time, I was able ultimately to get the book finished.
How much of the book is realistic? Since the book is my memoirs, the writing comes from my own childhood memories.
Have you included, in Tattered Phoenix, a lot of your life experiences including friends in the plot? Yes, I included my childhood friends, teachers and family and noted them by first names.
Do you have to travel much concerning your books? I travelled extensively in writing Tattered Phoenix, and I continue to travel gathering writing material for my current book.
When do you wish to end your current career? Never.
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Genre - Memoir
Rating – PG13
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