Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Don’t lose yourself completely in another person. Remain intact. In a marriage it’s easy to get absorbed into your spouse, especially so if your spouse is controlling and dominating. Keep your inner gyroscope and find yourself and be true to that. You can’t change anybody but yourself, and when you change yourself it has an altering effect on others.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
Always. It amazes me how much of my experiences are massaged, twisted, turned upside down to become an almost fictionalized version of my life. But the core of the experience is a memory, an event, or a person that is composite of many people in my life. Just pops into my head as I write. In SUNSPOTS, Aurora has an experience riding a horse that is very close to what happened to me in a riding class, except I didn’t get hurt.
Have you started another book yet?
Yes, I have written a few chapters. Very early stages.
What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?
Right now it’s politics and the seeming war on women. It disgusts me to have men using religion to control women.To stand against the use of birth control pills, to be against abortion even in incest or rape. Men, who flee from responsibilities in those instances either because they are in prison or run and hide. Conservatives in this country will protect the fetus at all costs until it is born.Then if it needs food stamps or welfare, it might as well die.The hypocrisy is sickening. What’s next? The veil? Don’t get me started.
What makes you angry?
Hunting. I can’t stand the idea of going out and killing Bambi. Looking at innocent creatures as something to kill. Well, some say we eat what we kill to justify it.That’s not why they kill. That’s not the motivation. It’s the lust to kill. And those that say we are having a day in nature, I say, let them go into the woods and shoot at each other. Along with this unnecessary killing of wildlife is this crazy gun culture we have. The second amendment was about militias not crazies having automatic weapons.
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Genre – Contemporary romance, Magical Realism
Rating – PG-13
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