You are going to be new to many of my readers. Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in a traditional Midwest home. My childhood wish was to be a librarian or an art teacher. Neither career would be in the stars. After graduating from University of Cincinnati Design Architecture and Art, life through a curveball into my well-ordered plans. Instead I moved to the Hudson River Valley where I raised my son, working as a bartender, waitress, house painter, medical office assistant…. anything to keep tus financially afloat.
It was in Cold Spring on the Hudson that I fell in love with the small-town flavor and it’s denizens. Many of the latter would become templates for the lovable, quirky characters in the “Voyage of the SunRunner”.
Fast forward a number of years. A move to Davidson, North Carolina brought me to a ten-year study of metaphysics. I became an intuitive reader and remain so today.
I like to think that all those life experience hats I wore, helped me write my first novel. Now I live in Mooresville North Carolina and is working on a dystopian young adult novel.
* Tell us about the book that’s just come out.
Voyage of the SunRunner is my first novel. It is a combination science fiction, adventure, romance with a dash of world concerns, and a sprinkling of the metaphysical. There is just about something for everyone in this book.
* What started you on your love of writing?
My love of writing definitely started with a love of reading. Although I’ve been a visual artist for many years, there has never been a time when I was not also reading a book…or two….or three.
* Do you write in more than one genre – tell us a little about each one and the books you’re working on in each?
Working on a YA right now!
* Have you attended any writing conference or classes? Tell us about some that and some that have been especially helpful.
Prior to the pandemic, I attended a writing group under the tutelage of PE Calvert. Calvert is not only a publisher but spent many years as a Hollywood screen writer.
* How attached do you get to your characters? Do you know what happens after the book ends?
When I write I definitely see my characters as if they were in a movie.
* Could you tell us the one question you wish people would ask about your writing… and don’t forget the answer.
I would gladly answer any questions directed my way about those authors who have influenced my writing. That would be Maeve Binchy, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey and Isaac Asimov. Of course, there are many others, but those four, and their novels, stick out in my mind.
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