I always loved reading. We visited the library in our neighborhood quite often during my childhood. There were always books in the house. I thought I would be an English teacher when I grew up. Reading books and writing essays were favorites in school. Come to think of it, that may have been an early sign now that you’ve mentioned it!
Discovery of the Five Senses is your debut novel. What drew you to write in the YA Fantasy genre, and what inspired this book in particular?
The idea of creating an entertaining novel that would entice more young people to read was a motivating factor. As a parent tutor in my daughters’ high school, I could see the struggles some of the students were having with English. I was looking for a creative way to blend education with entertainment, to help them reach higher.
How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day, work madly when inspiration hits or ?
I outline a novel, then get to work. Once I’m writing, I keep a daily schedule and can finish a novel within three months. I try to write at least 1,000 words per day during that time. Otherwise, I’m keeping notes on characters and writing ideas and new material for the next book.
Words seem to float through the air, and I love how they land. I can best translate my ideas through speaking the words, so I use my phone or other software to capture my thoughts, then I edit. I use a detailed spreadsheet to develop a plot plan for each book. Although I like this process, it is wieldy at times. But, it’s a chore with benefits… LOL!
What do you like to do when you walk away from a serious writing session to clear your mind and re-energize?
Gardening! I am an enthusiast, and I also cook what we grow. I also enjoy walking, exercise, music, and integrating holistic wellness practices to re-energize
What would you most like readers to know about you?
I’m a creative person, and that extends beyond writing. As an author and publisher, I need a big picture view of the whole process. I’ve been in the communications and creative field for over 25 years. I get to enjoy the benefits of the creative process, such as directing book covers, as well. It’s truly energizing!
Do you have any spoiler alerts you'd like to share with readers - a book 2 in this series or other exciting news?