When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I always wanted to be a writer but life got in the way. After a near drowning in 2001, I decided to get to it. The inspiration for Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story came a few months later and I managed to write a complete novel.
Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
My current work-in-progress is Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas. It’s a prequel to Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, and takes place in 1978 during a blizzard on Christmas Eve. The classic movie “The Homecoming,” which spawned one of my all-time favorite TV series, “The Waltons”, inspired it. I started it during the week between Christmas and New Years’, and am close to the finish. My plan is to release it for this Christmas.
What is your favorite writing snack?
If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
I’d love to have dinner with Aerin and her mom Devon from Swim Season. I’d serve lasagna, with meatballs and sausages, garlic bread, and a tossed salad.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned many things, most important of which is that writing a book is a long, arduous process that requires commitment, focus, and sacrifice.
How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I read, or watch movies. I also like to spend time at the ocean, although I live hundreds of miles away.
What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
I dream of being a famous writer, so I write.
What do you fear most?
Pain. I live with chronic pain. It wants to rule my life. It’s a daily battle. I sometimes win.
What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Don’t give up. Don’t listen to those who say you can’t do it, or it’s not good enough, or you’re not good enough. Persevere. Continue. Finish the book. Then find others who can offer real help.