The decision to write came after reading another, more successful author and thinking how lousy the book was. I made a glib remark, something like, ‘Hell, I could writer better than that’, and a friend said, “So do it.” I did and continued to, not because I thought I was that good, but because I enjoyed it that much.
Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?
No. Actually, I suppose many do, but for me, I couldn’t wait to see it in print. Like everyone else, I hope for good reviews, but fortunately for me, I’m not thin-skinned. I appreciate helpful constructive criticism, but can easily shake off negativity.
What is your favorite genre to write?
My publisher insisted that LILY WHITE LIES be marketed as a romance, but that is not the genre I would have classified it under. I borrowed this line from a review someone left me, but I write ‘feel good fiction’. I suppose more accurate is mainstream or general fiction. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll root for the underdog. There is usually a romance within it, but that is not the focal point in one of my novels.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy reading the same type of book I would write, but I’m not limited to that. I recently finished Stephen King’s new book and aside from it being longer than I felt it needed to be, I absolutely loved it, but couldn’t see myself venturing into that type of writing..
Do you have a favorite author?
Many! I love Fannie Flagg, Truman Capote, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Kristen Hannah, Maya Angelou, T. Greenwood. My favorite book of all-time is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and I wish that Harper Lee had written something else. I would have loved to have seen if future writings compared to that book. If so, she probably would have been my all-time favorite writer.
Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?
Absolutely. I would love to write about something controversial. Not necessarily non-fiction, but something that would leave the reading world in a frenzy.
What is one silly fact about you?
Just one? Wow, which one do I share J Well, I hate the color orange, everything about it from the look to the smell to the taste. I have been picking the orange M&M’s out of the bag and tossing them since I was a child.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
Actually, I do and he was not a major character in LILY WHITE LIES. I loved the Joker Ellis character. He enters as the type of person you love to hate, there isn’t a redeeming quality about him, at first. But, in the end, you can’t help but to like him. Even though he is still rough around the edges, the reason becomes known and you can empathize with him.
Does that reflect anyone you know?
Probably several people I’ve known! Actually, while writing him I began visualizing him as a Wiley King type, from the movie ‘Something to Talk About’, played by Robert DuVall. Since then, I have actually heard that from others, so I was able to project my vision to paper.
Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?
Lasagna. More cheese!
Would you rather have fame or fortune?
I’m going to say fame because my ultimate goal is to have many people read my work and enjoy it enough to want to read the next. I just had a man write to me and ask if he would send me a book, would I be willing to sign it and send it back. That, to me, was much more personal than sitting at a table in a Barnes & Noble somewhere doing production line signing. That request was worth more to me than anything I might have made off the book.
Anything you want to say the aspiring writers reading the blog??
Don’t get distracted by life. I have from time to time allowed this to happen. We are all so busy and it can become so easy, even habit to let life and obligations get in the way of writing. Don’t let it. Even if you have to set your alarm 30 minutes earlier each day, find the time to hone your craft and get what’s in your head down on paper. If you have any excuse at all why you can’t, you’re not a writer.