1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m the mother of three, granddaughter of one, and live in the Midwest with my husband and our two dogs. I’ve been writing since the 5th grade, when a student teacher introduced our class to the concept of Creative Writing.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My bff convinced me to try karaoke with her, and now I’m hooked! I get grumpy if I can’t unleash my inner rock star at least once a week on unsuspecting bar patrons, lol. I’m also a voracious reader, and there are several TV programs I watch during the week. Sometimes I don’t get to watch them at the time they air, so whenever I have a chance, I’m curled up in front of the DVR.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
It used to be I’d hit the computer the minute the kids were off to school. But now since the spouse retired, and I’m hooked on Face Book, my writing time has been hit-and-miss. When I’ve got an idea flowing, it’s easy to make time to write, and the family threatens to shut off the electricity so I’ll cook dinner or pay attention to them. But when the words have to be pulled out of the brain, kicking and screaming like a 2 year old, I tend to log back onto Face Book or go do something else.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Life, and ‘what if…’ situations. Books #1-6 are based on real life experiences from close friends in college, while books #7-13 are based on other social issues or relationship dynamics. Sadly, I didn’t keep in touch with everyone, so I’ve had to do more research.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I love Balancing Act. Partly because Troy Anderson is one of my favorite heroes in this series.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I have a quirky sense of humor; Spinal Tap is one of my favorite movies. And I once dragged a friend to one of Spinal Tap’s concerts when they were in the area!
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Books #1-6 were based on real-life experiences of close friends, with about 20% truth and 80% fiction. In Balancing Act, I used some of the very real arguments with my ex-idiot’s ‘logic’ to keep me under control. Didn’t entirely work, lol.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I’ve not really named my muse; I just know he likes Thin Mint cookies in the winter; Hershey Chocolate Bliss Squares; and Fig Newtons. Consequently, my backside has expanded in the last two years.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
After watching a few episodes of The Walking Dead last year, I took a short story which, at the time I didn’t know what to do with, and began writing again. Zombies will play a secondary part; it’s more of an isolated incident. The relationships of the people involved will be the main focus.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love Marian Keyes, Nora Roberts, Sabrina Jeffries, and Michael Palmer. And my e-authors are too numerous to name. I started something new on my blog this year; at the beginning of each month, I post the books I plan to read. During that month, I give a ‘mini’ review of what I’ve read. And at the end, I recap the month’s activities.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Probably Gretchen and Troy. Gretchen is the fictional ‘me’ and her life is a whole lot better now.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
I don’t get a lot of reader feedback, so not knowing if what I’m writing is GOOD. When I first began letting people read my work, everyone raved about my stories. Now it seems the only one who loves me is my editor and my mom (lol!). I just keep plugging away and hoping one of my books suddenly ‘catches on’, then my entire backlist will be in demand.
And right now, family drama is interfering with my writing time, so finding that balance. I know from experience if I go too long without writing, the words literally spill out when I DO find the time to open a new document or apply pen to paper. Back in 2002, I locked myself in the bedroom for six hours and wrote 60 handwritten pages. And then I had to type it all up.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
If writing is your passion, and it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, then do it. And don’t try to get it right the first time; get the story written. Editing can come later. And don’t give up on your dream!
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d be a librarian. Several years ago, my mother asked me if I could go back and redo my college degree, what would I have chosen? I immediately replied, “Library Science.”
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Disney World. I’d love to stay at one of the resorts and do the parks by day, and experience the nightlife. Plus, the beach isn’t too far away.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Searching For Love is the sixth book in the Arbor University series. One of my college roommates ‘came out’ to myself and another friend over the phone in 1988. Since I included everyone else in this series, it only seemed fair I tell her story also.
Stephanie Ridgeman is sick and tired of watching her best friends go through heartache and question their goals, all in the name of love. When she meets a young woman who introduces her to another lifestyle, Steph’s curiosity overwhelms her. She discovers there are different ways of expressing love, although society shuns her new views. When she learns her parents disapprove, will it affect her choice?
Jodie Armstrong lost a partner to AIDS the previous year, and is intrigued by the young woman whose friends’ antics rival those of a soap opera. She patiently answers Steph’s hesitant questions concerning her lifestyle choices and encourages Stephanie to follow her heart. Will Steph ever figure out which world she belongs in, and will her friends accept her decisions?
“You have to promise me that what I’m about to tell you will go no farther than this dorm room. Promise?”
“Swear it? It’s a big one, Steve.”
“Steph, I’ve never broken my word to you and you know it.”
“Okay.” Stephanie took a deep breath. “I think I’m gay, Steve.”
“Gay? What do you mean?” He looked puzzled.
Feeling her face turn red with embarrassment, she told him about her conflicting feelings about Jodie. “And you promised me you wouldn’t tell anyone else.”
Steve sat up, his head propped against the wall. “So...can I watch?”
Astonished, Stephanie stared at him, mouth open. “What? Can you watch? What kind of sick question is that?”
He shrugged and ran his hand up her thigh. “It’s an ultimate fantasy, Steph, watching two girls get it on. Maybe I can join in?”
She jerked away from him and scrambled off the bed. “I can’t believe this. I spill my guts to you, I trust you with a problem, and you treat it like it’s no big deal?” She found her clothes and began to dress.
“Come on, Steph. So what, you’re telling me you’re gay? Honestly? Even after what just happened?”
“No, I am not. I’m...just confused, and now I find out you’re a pervert.” She yanked her sweatshirt over her head.
“I’m not a pervert. It’s, well, you and I, we can talk about that stuff. You’ve watched the movies, I thought you were as turned on by those scenes as I was.”
“I only watched them because you wanted to and because I was curious. I’ve known Jodie’s gay since last spring and it just made me wonder, that’s all.”
“What about AIDS, babe? That thought alone would kill any thoughts of being with a homosexual.”
“Jodie said it only pertains to men, because in women, there’s no actual penetration.” Happy he was willing to talk about it, she reached for the roll of toilet paper he kept on his dresser. “The way women get AIDS is when they sleep with a guy who’s infected or by needles. And you know I don’t do drugs.”
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Book #7, Love Weighs In, arrives in August.
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