Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown? When I was born we lived in a harbor town. I then married a man who has a cottage in a harbor town and now we recently bought a 150 year old home in a harbor town. These harbor towns are all on the shores of Lake Erie. I’m a small town harbor-girl from Lake Erie, Ohio. I love the water. I love the lake, and I love Ohio.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career? I wanted to be a chef of all things. Now, I can’t stand to cook dinner for my family. It’s affected my career as a writer by making me determined to make enough money to someday hire my own chef. lol
Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it? My latest book, A Titanic Tale, is about a selfish woman who cared only about herself and her own safety and comfort on the night of the sinking. A third class passenger, who witnessed her behavior, puts a curse on her and all her descendents. It’s a story of those descendents.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing? Finding the time would be the most challenging. I have kids, a husband, animals. It’s very difficult to sit and not be disturbed.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out? To keep at it and be persistent even when discouraged. I’ve been ready to give up many times, but if you’re a real writer, you just can’t stop.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Yes, I do suffer from writer’s block from time to time. When it happens I give myself a break and stop pushing it. Trying to get blood out of a turnip is frustrating and maybe it’s our imaginations way of say we need a break.
How did you deal with rejection letters? I kept my rejection letters in a file and told my daughters I wouldn’t feel like a “real writer” until I received 100 of them. It helped deal with the rejection.
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Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
I can do gory better than erotic. I can’t write erotic. (It’s probably a carry-over from those catholic schoolgirl days.) Plus, I laugh when I try to do it. I’ll leave that for others. Now, gory, on the other hand.I’m not so bad at that. lol