Do you find it hard to share your work? Years ago I was very shy about showing my writing to anyone, and that’s kind of funny now given that I spend a fair amount my time trying to get bloggers and reviewers to please, please read my books. I participate in giveaways and mail copies to my kids’ friends. It’s so bad that I think that if I really thought it would increase my sales, I’d stand on street corners and just hand out copies. So no, I don’t find it hard to share my work these days.
Why do you write? When I started writing fiction decades ago, I wrote to express myself basically, and to make a little extra money. I thought that last part would be easy, which it is not. Plus I thought that making up stories was fun. Now that I’ve written more than I ever thought I would, I realize that I write to share my ideas with the world. My creations, good, bad or some of both, are pieces of me that I leave behind. I guess that sounds kind of dramatic, but telling stories has become part of who I am. I don’t think I could stop if I wanted to.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? My marriage. It’s lasted a long time through so many changes and challenges. It would have been easy for either of us to give up sometimes and I’m so glad that neither or us did.
What books did you love growing up? I remember two books vividly. One, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle hadn’t been out all that long when I first read it and I thought it was greatest thing ever. Of course it went on to have sequels and win all sorts of awards. The other, called The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton, disappeared off of my radar screen until just now when I found it again on Goodreads. I’m glad to see that it is still around. Both books shaped my young view of the world and convinced me that there was real magic tucked in-between and all around the layers of ordinary reality.
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? I think that any author hates to answer this because you don’t want to insult fellow authors out there who may be writing in the genre you most hate. But if you’ll let me insert all the caveats of “to each their own” which I honestly do mean, then I’ll confess that I just don’t enjoy horror stories. Actually, I don’t particularly like stories about any kind of dead bodies, and that does include vampires and zombies. Because I write under the broad umbrella of fantasy, that’s kind of awkward.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Far more than any writer should expect. My husband is my biggest cheerleader, best researcher and final proofreader. All three of my children chime in with ideas and encouragement. My sister is one of my finest beta readers and has helped with my cover designs. And a cousin and several old friends have gone out of their way to be helpful and supportive.
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Genre - Speculative Fiction
Rating – PG
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