How did you know you wanted to be an author? I wrote academic non fiction until I retired. So I was an author but an academic one. When I retired I wanted to keep writing, but I didn’t want to write for academics. I wanted to write out of a different place in myself, so I turned to memoir, Tasting Home, and then to mystery Oink. Now I’m hooked.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Take a writing class. It gives you community and feedback. My memoir came straight out of the weekly assignments I did in my first class!
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? A zillion. I write every morning of the week but insist on taking off the weekends. I write most of the day. I still compose first drafts sitting in my reading chair with unlined paper and a 2 1/2 Ticonderoga pencil. It’s slow but I find things come to me if I use this method.
What message to you want readers to remember? Loving community is essential to human life, but you have to fight daily against greed, self-interest, and competition to have it.
How can fans get in contact with you? firstname.lastname@example.org