Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My latest work is Catriona’s Curse. So far I’ve written just gay novels, but this one delves into reincarnation and Paganism.
How do you come up with ideas?
Not really sure. It’s usually when I’m trying to fall asleep.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Trying to make my characters and their surroundings seem real.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Coming up with dialogue.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Just life itself. When I was younger, I really enjoyed traveling and wish I still could.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I guess you’d say plotting. I decide what I want to happen and then set out to make it happen to my characters.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
That I wasn’t crazy for wanting to do this.
Would you consider self publishing?
I have self-published all three of my books. The first one, I went through a self-publishing company. I’m still in the hole. The other two, I went through Create Space which is free.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Not as many as I should. Probably more like how many hours a week do I spend? Sometimes, I can write for four or five hours straight. But then, I have to stop and think about things for up to a week before I even write another word.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be yourself – stick up for your beliefs. In my younger days, my life was ruled by my mother telling me, “What you want is to….” i.e. give up music to take office practice, move away from my home town, get married, study dental hygiene (that one I didn’t do.) Then the next twenty-three years, I did what my now ex-husband told me to.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
I think by character. I think of my character first, then my plot.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Considering I live alone, and am retired, the only life I have outside of writing is church.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Well, I didn’t do it myself, but two boys pulled me down a hill in a sleeping bag after they threw a sweaty saddle blanket over my head. It does sound like something Andrew (in my first book) would have done. I’ll have to think about that.
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I worked as an accountant for forty years, and Alex in my first book was a CPA.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I think it would be Acceptance. Because of the underlying message of the story. Just because your son is gay is no reason not to accept him as a good man, a respected human.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
The knowledge that underneath all the negative publicity about gay couples, they are really no different from straight couples. We all want the same things – someone to hold us when we cry and to laugh with us when we laugh and above all someone to love.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Nora Roberts and Ann McCaffery.
Why did you start writing?
In 2003 (at the age of 60) I met about 3,000 gay men through a TV show. They educated me to the problems facing the gay community. One of them said he would like to see a story “where the boy meets the boy and they ride off into the sunset together.” That’s what I try to portray – happily ever after.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
She Did What People Expected
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
The highlands of Scotland
What song would best describe your life?
One Day At A Time
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Colorful things like balloons, flowers, streamers, and banners.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Do you play any online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
I used to play D&D with some people, but haven’t for eight years. I play Farm Town on Facebook.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
I hope that includes my ex-husband. We were on the way to a picnic once and he split his pants. The only thing we could find to repair them was a stapler.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Danger: explosive temper
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with pineapple and ham.
I'm always ready for adventure.
When I'm alone, I like the quiet.
You'd never be able to tell, but I used to love to dance.
If I had a halo it would be a rainbow.
If I could travel I'd go back to Scotland.
I can never get married again because Blackfox died (he promised if I ever got stupid enough to get married again, he’d pipe me to the altar).
Acceptance: One Man’s Quest
First Impressions Don’t count
Books Coming Soon
Working on two stories, but they don’t have titles yet. One is a venture into paranormal about a werewolf.
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