Frequently asked questions
1. When did you know you wanted to write?
I’ve always loved to write. The earliest I can remember is in second grade when my teacher, Miss Thelen (does anyone know her?) told my parents I had a knack for it. I’d written a story about a filly and named it after her. I think she was just flattered, is all. Anyway, I wrote long letters to friends when I moved 400 miles away back in the days of unlimited long distance calling and I was reduced to letter writing. I’m thinking it paid off.
2. How long did you work on your first novel, Stuck in the Onesies?
I started SITO a year or so after my mother died and worked on it most weekends for probably ten years while working full time, raising a family, and taking mail-in writing courses (pre-internet).
3. Is this a work of fiction or memoir?
SITO is fiction loosely based on life growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the turbulent 1960s.
4. Do you have any other books in the works?
Yes, SITO is number one of a trilogy that will take the reader through the struggles of working in a man’s world as well as pirates in the Caribbean (sans Johnny Depp).
5. What’s your favorite book?
I love “My Sister’s Keeper,” “The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood,” “Good in Bed,” and “The Help.” Oh yeah, then there’s “Gone with the Wind.”
6. Who is your favorite author?
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner are my favorites.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my kids and ten grandkids, put my feet in the sand somewhere near the water (never met a beach I didn’t like), and go to the movies.