Q: What would surprise people to know about you?
A: I think my tattoos surprise a lot of people. I have reached the point in life where a lot of people look at me and see this nice, middle-aged dork. I am really quiet and reserved and I am all about proper manners until I get to know people. Then, when I roll up my sleeves, they are surprised to see my ink. In addition to a variety of tattoo designs in many places, I am working on a sleeve that has all of my favorite children’s book characters.
Q: What do you like to read?
A: I read just about anything I can get my hands on. I am a full on addict when it comes to books and reading. Right now, I have a list of several hundred books I would like to read as well as 70 – 80 books in a “to read” pile which is making an attempt at taking over my living room. Biography, history, romance, children, young adult, fiction, religion, science, self-help, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy – There really is nothing I won’t read. Every room in my house has books in it and I have 80 boxes of books in the garage.
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: I am going to totally expose myself as a full-on geek here. My favorite book is an old hardcover thesaurus that I have been using since I was a sophomore or junior in high school. One of my best friends gave me a gift certificate to the local book shop for Christmas one year and the thesaurus is what I bought with it. I was so excited that I could finally afford it. The thesaurus survived the rest of high school, college and all the years since. I also have a tattered old dictionary that comes in as a close second but the thesaurus is definitely my favorite.
Q: What happens to the books you don’t like?
A: If I get to the end of a book and I am mad at the author or a character, the book goes in the freezer until I have to take it out to make room for actual food. I think when we sold our house in Montana, I left a John Steinbeck book in the freezer for the next people because I was so mad at the ending I did not even want to pack it with the other books.
Q: What made you decide to start writing?
A: I don’t think there was ever a time when I was not into writing. I loved books as a child and as soon as I learned to write, I started writing stories. Writing makes me happy and in my heart, it is the only thing that I ever really wanted to do.
Q: What type of writing schedule do you keep?
A: I do most of my writing late at night. No matter what my day has been like, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 a.m., it is like someone has flipped a switch. There is just something about the middle of the night. The house is quiet, my husband and our two dogs are asleep and suddenly, I am wide awake and for a few hours, I feel like I am at my most creative.
Q: Are you working on anything new?
A: I always have something going on the back burner. Sometimes I write story ideas down and tuck them away for years before I come back to them. Other times, the characters won’t leave me alone and I have to write their story right away.
Q: What kind of fictional characters are your favorites?
A: I like characters who have flaws and accept them. When a character is less than perfect, I feel like I can connect with them better on a personal level.
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