“In the Depths”

  1. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? I write my first draft on legal pads in large letters, a method I learned at the Far Field Writers Conference at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, many years ago. Heather Sellers taught us the method. She’s written “Page After Page” and “Chapter After Chapter.” From that I type up and revise, (I try for once or twice a week) so I have my first and second draft. This works for me because I don’t get distracted by social media, or computer glitches. I write longhand at least a half hour every morning.
  2. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? Yes! My favorite authors are Alice Munro, Louise Erdrich, Lynda Chance, Sierra Cartwright, Tessa Bailey, Diana Palmer, David Sedaris, Amy Tan, Joanna Wylde, Samantha Young, and Jane Austen to name a very few.
  3. Have you ever designed your own book cover? Yes, I told my co-worker, a fabulous photographer and beautiful girl, Julie Stevens, I wrote a romance about mermaids, an idea I had for the cover, and she set up a shot using herself as a model, which she nearly drowned trying to shoot. The cover is beautiful. It was my second book, “Under the Riptides.”
  4. How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing? About fifteen people came to my first book signing at Paperback Outlet in Warren, Michigan. Annie, one of the owners, said that you could never tell how many people would come. She told me that Nora Roberts, yes, THE Nora Roberts did a signing at their store and only a dozen people showed up. FOR NORA ROBERTS. So I just appreciate and enjoy the people who do come. It’s really about connecting with readers.
  5. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion? I think writers write because they can’t not write. So I would say it’s an avocation. The words, poems, or stories just have to come out.
  6. Have you ever taken any help from other writers? I would not be published without the support and knowledge I’ve gleaned from being a member of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. The speakers and information the members share with each other is invaluable.
  7. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? YES. It’s very subjective. You get a thick skin and keep trying.
  8. Was there a time you were unable to write, At All? Yep. I had some big, bad surgery six years ago and was majorly blocked and majorly healing. Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” got me back. You have to do the work, but it worked for me.
  9. Were your parents supportive of your choice of career? My day job is writing, I’m a staff writer for a weekly newspaper, for which I’ve won awards. I write sexy romances, they haven’t read my books. I told them to read the dedications, but they didn’t have to read the scenes. They haven’t, but they are proud I’m a published author. My mother says maybe my next one will be a mystery. (I doubt it.)
  10. How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading? Nobody knows or judges what you are reading on your electronic reader. That is Fifty Shades of huge.
  11. Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in? Since I do my first draft long hand first thing in the morning, I’m in my jammies. For the typing, revising and synopsizing, I like yoga clothes the best.
  12. Do you encourage your children to read? I did. They are 33 and 36 now. But they figured out, as kids, that I would buy them any and as many books as they wanted. And I loved to read to them, as my mother read to me.
  13. What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?  It’s a three-way tie. “Pride and Prejudice,” the original and remake, “Rebecca,” and “Gone With the Wind.”
  14. How liberal are you in term of expressing ideas in your books? I’m what my mother calls a “good Catholic girl” who writes erotic romance. So I’d say very liberal.
  15. Do you have a library at home? Yes. That’s where I write my first drafts.
  16. Did you ever have a rough patch in writing, where nothing in the story seemed to fit or make sense? Yes. So I broke up with the characters 5,000 words in, because they were already happy. It wasn’t working.
  17. Are all writers rich? Uh, no. It’s the same for very talented musicians, or artists, who create art because they must.
  18. Did the thought to give up writing ever occur to you? Yes. The rejections were getting me down. I considered quitting. A member of my RWA chapter, and friend, Rebecca Moore, begged me to keep trying and submit to her publisher. I did and I have eight novellas under contract with them.
  19. What do you do in your free time? Read, travel and hang out with my grand babies (and husband).
  20. Is it true that anyone can be a writer? No, just as everyone can’t be an engineer or accountant or doctor. Everyone has their own gifts and skills sets. How cool is that?
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