What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
My Irish temper.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
I write for the same reason I breathe…because if I didn’t, I would die. Isaac Asimov. Why is this my favorite quote? Because it’s perfect.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing about thirteen years.
What inspires you to write and why?
A friend once told me “You didn’t choose writing. Writing chose you.” That’s probably true. I got the bug to write in my early thirties, but resisted the urge until it became a compulsion that kept me awake nights as I neared the forty year mark. I gave in—thinking I would get the silly idea out of my system—and wrote, then shared that first very raw (and completely unedited) scene with someone who loved it and gave me a contact for an editor with instructions to submit the few pages “as is”. That, as they say, was that. Now I’m mainlined into writing and couldn’t turn back if I wanted. What inspires me to write? Insanity. And perhaps the understanding that everyone needs at least one good obsession.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
It’s really hard to decide on what’s the hardest part about writing. Maybe first draft. That’s the most uncertain phase. No matter what you change in a draft, at least you’re working with something—no matter how bad it might be!
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I’ve been told my books fly on my dialogue.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Sure. I write something else, or take a break and read.
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Genre – Historical Romance
Rating – R