1: When did you realize that you wanted to be an author?
I began writing seriously in 2001 when I began creating my first novel, the original Passion in Paris. I had been writing poetry, as well as short stories for children prior to 2001, but I had a desire to write a romance novel, so I began that project, and it was during the writing of that when I decided to see where writing could take me.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
That very much depends on what I’m writing. Full length novels take much longer than short stories or poetry. My first novel, Passion in Paris, took me ten years from the initial idea to the finished published product, however, I was working full time at my prior business, so my writing took a backseat. I could only write in the evenings and on weekends; otherwise I may have been able to have finished the novel, which originally came out in two parts, in two years, possibly a bit longer. I’m not a production-line writer so the time often varies when writing a title, and I often have two titles on the go at once. My 5-star-award-winning Willow’s Walk took about five years from initial idea to publication. My adult comedy shorts take only a few months to produce. Now that writing has become my full-time business, I can write a title in much less time than before.
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
I’m retired from my prior business, so I no longer have that problem. Can’t say I’m sorry either, as it was frustrating when I was at work and had countless ideas or thoughts pertaining to a title I was writing at the time and could not stop to work on them.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if I have one per say, however if by scribbling small notes containing story details like dialogue between characters, additions to a plot line, or simply to remind myself about something I plan to do or change, then I guess that would be my quirk.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
I borrow a lot from my life, experiences, wants and wishes, letting my imagination take me over. I love to write about things that interest me, places I like, and creating unique characters to bring these ideas to fruition.
6. When did you write your first book?
I began writing the story of Passion in Paris in 2001 and published the first part of it in 2010, the second part in 2011. I was not pleased with the publishing treatment of the two parts, so I revised and rewrote the story in one grand scale novel, entitled, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, and published it in 2013.
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
I love music. I used to perform professionally, vocals, guitar, and bass guitar with two bands, the first a country music band, and the second, a country/rock/blues band, and I still love to Jam whenever I have the chance. I enjoy art, riding horses, hanging out with my cat Tipper, golf, boating, gardening, and spending quality time with family and friends.
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?
They are very supportive, sometimes critical, but they always applaud my efforts, and understand my need to devote myself to something I love to do.
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
My very first publication was in 2009, a first collection of contemporary and tradition poetry entitled, Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought. While writing my first romance drama, Passion in Paris, I had began researching different self-publishing companies for when the time came to publish the novel, but while doing so a great opportunity arose to publish two for the price of one, so I published Feelings, and followed that in 2010 with Young Minds, my first collection of children’s short stories. By doing so, it offered me the opportunity and experience of getting my feet wet in self-publishing. It was a ‘learn as you go’ experience, and I have never been sorry that I did it that way, because I proved to myself that the path I had chosen was where I needed to be.
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
All told, and this includes my first four titles which are no longer available, I have written eleven titles including my newest, The Perils of Autumn, which is expected for release soon. I am also soon to finish the third installment of my Derwood Tugbottom comedy series and have begun the follow-up novel to The Perils of Autumn entitled, Return to Autumn. I enjoy all my titles, but my favourite is still my 4 star awarded by Amazon, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary.
11. What do you think makes a good story?
To me, a good story must consist of interesting, unique characters that you would either love to meet, or love to hate, an interesting story that can totally pull the reader into it, and a setting and time that captures a reader’s imagination. Each reader has certain requirements they are hoping to fulfill with what they choose to read, but a writer cannot satisfy everyone, yet if you write from the heart, and believe in the story you are creating, then you have a good chance in satisfying those reading your work. In many ways I write for myself, my own entertainment through my own imagination. If my words can elicit smiles, tears, laughter, and awe within the reader, then I have been successful as a writer.