Where do you come up with your ideas?
Occassionally, I dream up my ideas. I have a dream journal on my bedside table for that purpose. Many times, when I wake, I grab a pen and my journal to write the ideas down before they disappear in a sleepy haze. Mostly, I am inspired by people. When I was a child, my grandparents would take us to Cedar Point. My grandmother would often skip the rides and sit on the park benches to wait for us. When I asked her why she would not join us, she simply stated that she enjoyed people-watching. Later, I learned that people-watching allowed her to fictionalize everyday people in her head to create a story that would keep her company. Since then, I have learned to observe people and am able to create characters that allow the storyline to unfold.
How long have you been writing?
It was a third grade teacher who started me on writing. I grudgingly worked on a poetry assignment in which I was excited to earn an “A,”, but it was the summer before my ninth grade year that I began to love to write. I had just finished reading a book and was decided that I could write my own story. So, I began to write my first story. My sister read it and loved it. She encouraged me to write more. So, I enrolled in a creative writing class in high school and cherished every minute of it. However, I spent much of my twenties tinkering with poems and a few story ideas. It was October 2009, when a friend reminded me of National Novel Writing Month. I was determined to make a life of writing. Since then, I have been writing non-stop. I created this blog, written articles for ThumbPrint News, short stories, articles for magazines that are currently in submission, and I continue to work on my novels while ghost writing for other authors.
I have noticed that you use “Fat” to describe yourself in “Diary of a Fat Girl.” Why the reference to such a negative term?
I never really thought of it as a negative term, but more factual. To deny the facts would be to lie to myself, and that is the worst possible thing I could do. However, this question is better explained in my blog post Inspirational Humor on “Fat”.
Why do you write?
I write because I have something to say, and I want to share inspiration with the world. My mind is in constant overdrive with a million thoughts. Most often, these thoughts end up in a journal, but the occasional poem or story will pop into my head and I get that familiar urge to immediately write it all down. I love reading a good book and to be a part of this amazing creative process has been a dream come true for me.
What is your typical writing day like?
Oh, that’s just boring housewife stuff with the occasional visit to family and friends, and tapping out a few thoughts on the keyboard. Ideally, a typical writing day would be like beautiful sunshine streaming through the tree just outside of my window; dancing along my fingers as I tap at my keyboard. The birds would be chirping and one of my cats would be purring contently on my lap while the other one chatters away at the birdies in the window. And there would be golden silence; silence that would not include a chattering husband and energetic kids. The cats would be peacefully resting and not fighting amongst themselves or walking all over my desk. My thoughts would flow freely and the ideas would be endless. I would write non-stop until my fingers were sore, my head drained of ideas, and my lids heavy with sleep.
How long does it take you to write a book?
At this point, I am unsure. I have been working on Grandfather’s Whispers since November 2010. I am close to submission, but since I am also hypercritical of my own writing (and this is my very first publication), I’m taking my time to get it right the first time around. I have seven other book ideas that I am eager to begin, and therefore, I feel a sense of urgency to complete Grandfather’s Whispers. I imagine my other books will take me a year for completion; especially if deadlines are looming.