Thank you! I’m glad to be your guest!
Tell us a bit about you – where you’ve been, how you got here, where you’re going.
Well, I’ve been a published author for about seven years now, with five books in print and more on the way. I got there the hard way, like all of us who labor at our craft, but I’ve had fun, too. I have more works in progress that keep me busy and happy. I have lived alone for about 20 years after a divorce, but just last week my son came home from Oregon, and that’s quite an adjustment. Besides my son, I have a daughter in CA and another daughter in Fort Worth, where I live, and five grandchildren. I drew on my experiences as an army brat, isolated in various military compounds where I entertained myself by writing stories.
Tell us about Forces of Nature and how it went from idea to published book.
I had toyed with the idea of writing a novel about what would happen if an airplane hit the shopping mall I was in? Then, when my city experienced a savage tornado, I combined the two forces, plus added some of the management’s and shoppers stories and I had a novel. Who lives and who dies?
What is the one thing you like the most and the one thing you dislike the most about Howard?
Oh, I love Howard Trent, the Weatherman. Nothing to dislike about him. I know that’s not the thing to say about a character, as we all have our quirks, but Howard is near perfect in his role as the harbinger of impending doom. Maybe I don’t like his objective view of the weather, sometimes, though.
How did you become a writer?
I was born a writer. I think most of us are. I just practiced my craft until I felt I could call myself an author. Isolation as a child provided me with time to be creative, I think, and I always loved the written word. Then I knew I could provide the written word to others.
What would you say is the most difficult thing about being a writer?
Sometimes it’s the isolation. I try not to confine myself to my computer all day, any day. And I’m lacking the promotion gene, which is necessary to sell my books. So that’s difficult.
If you could pick any author to collaborate with, who would it be?
Strangely enough, it would be Stephen King. Honestly. I love how he plots, and plants clues, and gives people the shivers. And I also like Dean Koontz. Funny, isn’t it? A little old granny lady like me, interested in horror?
Do you have any interesting writing habits/quirks?
I generally write with the television on. I don’t watch it, but it’s background noise in my quiet house. I have found that music actually distracts me. The voices on the television keep me company.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given/learned in your life as a writer?
Never give up.
When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
I read, almost anything, or watch television - - Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The History Channel, Sci-Fi channel and Biography.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers here?
If you really want to be a writer, you will do it. Many wanna-be authors have told me, in bashful tones, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” When I tell them, “Well, do it, then,” they look like deer caught in the headlights. I tell them it might not be the fear of rejection that keeps them from sending their stuff out, but the fear of actually having their work in print…..how would their lives change? What would their friends and family think? So it’s not fear of failure, but fear of success that may be keeping them from completing their manuscript that’s tucked away in the bottom desk drawer. I wish I could say my life has changed drastically, but no such luck. Maybe someday…..
Thank you very much for coming by this blog. I wish you great successes with Forces of Nature.
Thank you for inviting me. Let me add a couple of links here to my works: