Do you have any rituals involved in the writing process?
Sit down, open the computer file, start typing. When it gets dark, turn on the desk lamp. It also helps to read a little bit from where you left off the day before, to bring your mind back into the story. But don’t let that trick you into getting lost in editing your earlier work, you’ll never move on to writing new pages.
Is procrastination ever an issue?
YES!!!!!! Email and Facebook are the usual timewasters. However, since this is also an election year and I am a political junkie, I have wasted untold hours visiting my favorite sites and then feeling compelled to share my ill-formed, knee-jerk opinions of certain articles on my Facebook page. I’m surprised I haven’t been ‘un-friended’ more than I have.
How much research do you do for a novel?
Naturally, it depends on the novel. For my first novel, set in World War Two Budapest, I did quite a bit of research. My current work-in-progress has me reading about French Impressionist artists, quantum physics, and mazes.
Do you need a set level of comfort from your research before you begin to write, or do you do research as you go?
No, I like to write and research as I go, for two reasons: 1) I’m afraid of becoming mired down in research and never writing the book, and 2) I don’t want to lose the momentum that you get with the excitement of starting a new story.
Have you ever put yourself or a friend or other real person into a story?
Yes! There is a bit of me in every protagonist I’ve created. I’m guessing that the characters we create reflect many aspects of our personalities.
What did you do to celebrate the publication of your first book?
Got to work on my second book. Publishing is a wonderfully motivating event…once you realize that you can do it, you want to keep going. I was speaking with a friend this morning and I told him that the most gratifying experience of publishing is knowing that my stories are being read.
Have any of your own experiences found their way into your novels?
The first novel I ever wrote was inspired by my father’s passing. I wrote that novel 15 years ago, I’m currently re-writing it and will publish it this autumn, and it’s still my favorite. Another novel that I will publish later this year was inspired by my years of living overseas.
If one of your novels was made into a movie, would you want to be involved with adaptation and casting?
No! I am so far removed from the culture of TV and movies that I would be more of a hindrance than a help. Plus, I’ve become a happy recluse and really have no desire to travel to Hollywood.
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Genre - Inspirational Devotional
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Genre - Illustrated Children’s Books
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