How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’m still not sure I know what I want to be as I grow up. Four decades plus of experience has taught me that there are more things to do than time to do them. Fiction allows me to be many things, many people and visit many places. I suppose that being an avid reader as a child inspired me to believe that we all have stories to tell, but very few of us ever take the time to craft and polish them so that others may want to share in them.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Write. Don’t expect success, especially at first. Read. You can learn from the greats as well as those who make mistakes. Love. Be passionate about your writing and the people in your life that allow you to follow your dream. Listen. Your characters will tell you what they need to do. Sure, you are the writer, but if the character you create is going to be real, they develop a personality all their own. You just need to listen to it.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I would say that I write in layers. No matter how good I think a first draft may be, given time and distance and that draft morphs into something very different as it is revised and edited. I am constantly rereading and reworking what I write.
What message to you want readers to remember?I always hope readers finish my novels and wonder; What would I have done? How would I have handled that? If a reader leaves a book questioning, they become part of the story. Books should be conversation pieces.
How can fans get in contact with you?Feel free to email, message me on Facebook or Tweet at me. I love hearing from people and what they think of my work.