What’s your greatest character strength?
I am a very loyal person who loves to include everyone. I’m not sure where the trait developed, but I am an inclusionist to a fault.
Why do you write?
Because I have to! Honestly, I’m not sure what I would do with all these ideas I have. Where would they go? I suppose if I was artistically inclined, I’d have a way to creatively express myself, but writing is like breathing.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
I have always enjoyed writing! Literally, I have a picture of myself at age 8 sitting on our front porch with a three ring binder and a box of pencils working on some story or another. In college, I flirted with screenplays but in my early twenties I finished my first novel and haven’t looked back. If I’m not working actively on a book, then I’m definitely editing something. Even when I’m reading, I’m wondering how my own books stack up.
What motivates you to write?
I’m motivated by a lot – song lyrics, podcasts, and artwork. Ideas come from all over.
What writing are you most proud of?
Two unpublished works – one YA and one historical thriller. I hope they do get published at some point.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Taking a risk and moving outside of the United States. My husband and I decided seven years ago to try expat living and nothing has paid off more.
What books did you love growing up?
I loved a lot of books and credit some great authors with getting me interested in writing. I loved and read (and reread) the entire Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I still think Alanna (from the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce) is one of the best female protagonists ever. I also love the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hard Lovelace.
One hotel suite. One year. Many stories. The Winchester Hotel is an active property in Beverly Hills, California. Luxurious and discreet, it is a perfect location for business meetings, weddings, affairs, and other important life events - including the death of an A List celebrity. Told from the omniscient perspective of the room, the reader has a front row seat to the drama that unfolds in the suite. Although each chapter is unique, the characters' lives intertwine in a way only possible in a major metropolis like Los Angeles.
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Genre - Contemporary
Rating – R
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