Una has been writing for most of her life and is often found wandering from room to room in her home chewing on a pen, thinking. She's a dog lover but will happily sit for friend's cats. She was brought up listening to an eclectic list of music which she still does, anything from rock and jazz to rap and classical.
She loves playing with lore and takes pride in creating believable, albeit mostly supernatural, characters. She's loved and lost, and believes it's all worth it.
Q: When is the best time of day for you to write?
A: Anytime of day, or night! I write in between every other thing going on in my lifework, family, friends, shopping. It's what I love most, so it just makes sense that I'd devote most of my spare time to it.
Q: What authors have been an influence on you?
A: I'm going to be labeled a generalist if this keeps up, but I have to say every writer whose work I've been fortunate enough to read has left some kind of impression on me. It may not always be a good impression, but it's just as important to be exposed to those things you don't want to do as it is to the positives. I try to take something away from every book I read.
Q: What do you do to relax?
A: Other than write? I enjoy movies, all kinds of movies. I'm always taking DVDs back late and spending way too much on my collection, but I can't help it. I treat them like books. I just have to have them.
Q: What's your favorite movie that started out as a book?
A: That's a cruel question since there are just so many of them. Interview With The Vampire is right up there. More recently I'd have to say all the Harry Potter films. They're so much fun just like the books. One of my all-time favorite book of novellas is Different Seasons by Stephen King which yielded two of the best book adaptations ever Stand By Me (The Body) and Shawshank Redemption (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption).
Q: Any advice for aspiring authors?
A: Read, read, read, and not just 'how to' books on writing. I mean read everything you can get your eyes on and learn from it. Then, when you're ready, attack those keys. Writing, writing, writing helps, too.
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