How did you know you wanted to be an author? I discovered my love of writing as a sophomore in high school when I began writing for the school newspaper. After a career as a reporter for The Tampa Tribune, I wanted to see my work in a permanent binding with a cover. Newspaper stories always wind up in recycling bins!
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Don’t get discouraged. I received 50 rejection letters from literary agents: “The project you describe does not suit our needs. We wish you the best of luck.”
Don’t allow yourself to be distracted. Just slog through and complete a first draft. (Your best work will appear in the second or third draft!)
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I work best with a pot of coffee first thing in the morning and drop to a vegetative state after 4 p.m. I try not to answer my cell phone or check social media until I have completed a draft on paper.
What message to you want readers to remember?My character moves from Boston to Florida in 1971, but her experience is a universal one. Not wanting to move is normal. Leaving behind everything familiar is frightening. I want my readers to remember they’re not alone.
How can fans get in contact with you?I hope they go to my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/anchorclankers