Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? I recently finished Touch of Magenta by Linda Loveland Reid, a beautifully textured story that mixes the lives of three generations of women. It touches on history, love, murder, danger, family, and figuring out who you are in life. I enjoyed it because it was well-written, the characters are real, and the story is at times heartbreaking and other time heart warming. And a very different book that I’ve recently finished: Greg Kuhn’s Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail, an easy-to-read treatment on applying the principles of quantum physics to your life (a topic that fascinates me).
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? Books. Read them on creating plot and building characters and settings, and any thing else you feel you need help with. Read several on one subject and leave with the things that best suit you and what you want to accomplish. Then put that knowledge to use.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Imagination. Perseverance. Thick skin. Talent. And a sense of business – used once the book is done, regardless of if you’re published traditionally or indie publish.
Do you have any advice for writers? Figure out what’s right for you and ignore all of the other advice.
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
It is hard getting word out beyond your immediate circle of friends and family that there’s a good book waiting to entertain you. Please read Deadly Memories and let everyone you know what you think of it.
What do you do to unwind and relax? When the weather is nice, nothing beats a great glass of wine while I’m sitting out on my deck. Regardless of weather, one of the favorite parts of my day is quitting work and sitting with my husband – often with a glass of good wine – and discussing the day.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? The stories in my head are being shared with others. And, so far, that work has been well received.
Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? Right now, this blog tour is my big focus.
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Genre – Murder / Thriller
Rating – PG13 (some foul language, a few short love scenes)