How did you know you wanted to be an author?: Part of one of my elementary school classes was writing a story, and creating a book. I mean we actually constructed a book with pages, our story, illustrations, created a hard cover, and binding. I was fascinated by the process. As I grew up I wrote poetry, short articles, and then started writing books about ways to create a better life. Most of what I write will never been seen by others - in other words, I have to write, whether it's published or not. I write for myself, and I've been fortunate that some of my writing has been of help to others. The whole process from start to finish gives me joy!
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Write. Don't think about writing. Write. Write because you want to, not because you think you'll be the next New York Times best-selling author or that you'll make millions as a writer. Writing has to be a passion. If you don't like the process - and this goes for almost any career - find something that resonates with you. You have unique gifts - use them!
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: Yes. I journal at least ten minutes after I wake up. When I have writing assignments I write uninterrupted for 45 minutes at a time - break for 15-20 AWAY FROM MY DESK - and then do two more cycles of that. When I'm starting a new book I use the old fashion 3x5 card method and then sit on the floor and put everything into order manually. (I don't use 5x7 cards because I'm long-winded and the smaller cards make me break down my thoughts better.)
What message do you want readers to remember?: You have freedom of choice, but not of consequence. Choose wisely.
How can fans get in contact with you?: firstname.lastname@example.org