Q: Where do you get ideas for your plots?
A: I try to let my characters play out the scenes as I imagine they would, but when they don’t keep the story going, I ask my plotting group for help. Thank goodness I have such a wonderful support group to turn to.
Q: Do you write about people you know?
A: Places? Yes. People? Absolutely not. Not that I wouldn’t like to meet some of my heroes, but usually my characters are composites, a mixture of character traits. The same can be said about the plots. Some things come from experience, but most are just products of my vivid imagination.
Q: How much research do you do when you write?
A: I’d probably do even more than I do because it’s always interesting to research, but sooner or later I do have to write the book. When I’m finished, I always have way more information than I need for my stories.
Q: Did you always imagine yourself writing?
A: I think I’m like so many people who’ve said, “I could write a story,” or “I should write a book,” but then don’t make the time. Marriage, business, and five children were great excuses. Those were some of mine. Then one day I just did. The story was based on a true experience and I found I couldn’t do the subject justice. (I’ve put that project aside for later.) That was when I discovered that writing something real was so much more complicated than writing something I made up. So I focused on fiction and spent some time learning about the process, studying my craft. I don’t think the learning and refining process will ever stop and found my niche with fiction.
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