Q: What is your writing day like?
A: Since I am widowed and retired, and an inveterate night owl, I write at all times of the day and night. When inspiration strikes, I can go at it for hours, often forgetting to eat. I know it’s time for a break when my cat walks across the keyboard, making his own small contribution to my latest scene. That means I have to get up fast before he lies down on the keyboard and sends all my hard work out into limbo somewhere. As a total novice on the computer, that’s my biggest fear—losing all my hard work. Only because it has already happened to me—I somehow managed to erase an entire novel!
Q: Do you keep notes?
A: Copious notes. Reams of notes. Boxes and boxes of notes. That’s because I do mine the hard way—on 3 x 5 index cards, one note, scene, sentence, description, etc. per card. I wrote the entire first draft of a medieval romance novel on index cards—two shoeboxes full of index cards. It’s still in those shoeboxes, waiting to be immortalized in print.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: Everywhere. Everything I’ve ever seen, everything I’ve ever heard, everything I’ve ever read. That medieval romance still hangin’ out in those shoeboxes? The entire novel came to me just from seeing a blue dress worn by a minor character in the movie, Becket. It just burst into being, full-blown—I could hardly write it down fast enough.
Q: What do you do when you’re blocked?
A: I edit or revise the last chapter or pages that I wrote. I go through my notes, I try writing the opening scene of a new novel. It’s important to do something to try and push through the block.
Q: What do you do when a scene just doesn’t work?
A: I try like heck to keep it in and make it work, since, as any author knows, every word put to paper is pure gold. But, let’s get real. If I had kept every scene I ever wrote for Loving Sarah, the book would weigh 80 pounds. So the short answer is, you make a new document out of it and put it in stasis, hoping you can resurrect it later to use in another book.
Q: Do you do your writing at the computer?
A: I do now. All the other novels I’ve written (that have yet to be published), were either on the aforementioned note cards or written in longhand on legal pads. Lots of legal pads. I am in the glacially slow process of transcribing everything onto the computer—something else I do when I’m blocked.
Q: What do you do just for fun?
A: Writing is just for fun. But, in my increasingly diminishing spare time, I make jewelry out of handmade papers, polymer clay, cloth, fibers, and beads. I also make Christmas tree ornaments. I have sold these and other hand-crafted items at both local and national, juried art and craft shows.
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