Q: You write more than one genre. Which one do you prefer?
A: I don’t really prefer one over the other. When I have an idea for a book that I find interesting, I write the manuscript and hope my readers share my enthusiasm for the characters.
Q: Where do you get your ideas for stories?
A: Sometimes from places I’ve been, and sometimes they’re just ideas that pop into my head.
Q: Why are most of your stories set in the western United States?
A: I’ve traveled many places, but my first love is the western United States. I grew up in Washington State and have lived in Arizona, Montana, and Utah.
Q: What would you tell an aspiring author?
A: Don’t give up. Keep at it. If your lifestyle keeps you very busy with other things, try to write one line a day, a week–whatever works for you. I think, before you know it, you’ll be finding time to write more and more each day.
Try to get into a good critique group. Within a critique group, you can discover what other writers think of your manuscript. They can be a tremendous positive influence for you. Remember, however, at the end of the day, you’re the author, and the final decision as to what should or shouldn’t be in the book when you send it to an agent or a publisher is entirely up to you.
Q: Do you aspire to write like any particular author?
A: No. There are several authors whose books I love to read, but at the end of the day, I have my own voice when I write.
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