Q: Where do you get the ideas and characters for your stories?
A: The ideas seem to pop up from nowhere and everywhere, People I’ve met in my life and places I’ve lived or visited. I did Insurance Physical Exams for ten years and met a lot of interesting people, some of whom were very open about the way they chose to live. I’d never before realized how many types of lifestyles there were to choose from. It was truly a revelation!
Q: Are the characters "real’"people?
A: The characters in my stories are a compilation of people I’ve met throughout my life. I like to take different aspects of people’s personalities, throw them in an imaginary mixer and see what happens. The results can be interesting. The thing that I strive for is to make them believable, someone that a reader can relate to even if their lifestyle is different.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: My ideas for stories and characters seem to show up most when I’m doing routine tasks or any sort of methodical chore. Especially when I’m gardening. Gardening is labor intensive and my mind is only on the task at hand. My brain seems to take that opportunity to just run free and after a few minutes ideas start popping up. I’ve learned to carry a small notepad so that I can jot things down.
Q: How did you do your research for your story?
A: I use whatever means necessary to make sure people, places, and events described are accurate. For Forever Home, I went to a Farm Animal Rescue center to learn more about Alpacas and Llamas. When it came to "Captain," the horse, that was from personal experience.
Q: What do you find to be the most difficult thing about writing?
A: Making myself work through the drudgery aspect. Whoever it was that said writing was 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration wasn’t kidding! I have to make myself sit down and just write. I’ve finally developed some self-discipline. Even though I may not love what I wrote that day, the act of writing is cathartic and mechanical. What I live for are the times when an idea comes from nowhere and my fingers seem to take on a life of their own. I’m never sure where that idea will lead me or how it may change the storyline. I have to say, so far my muse hasn’t let me down.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
A: I’m currently working part time at a local laboratory as a technician. And as always, I garden.
I’m creating a wildlife habitat in my yard. I try to use scraps of wood and metal, repurposing them to make garden beds, rustic fencing for vines, and anything else I can find on Pinterest!
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