When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Some folks have something inside of them that craves something they want to do in their lifetimes. They even made a movie called “The Bucket List” that addresses this type of thing. As for me, I know I always wanted to be a writer but it just took a very long time to get there. I am blessed, I am where I always wanted to be. My “bucket” is empty.
How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
I‟m a senior citizen and stopped counting a long time ago.
How long does it take you to write a book?
This question more or less asks for an ambiguous answer. Who knows how long. You may think you have it all straight in your mind and then you begin to write and your muse kicks in and suddenly new things begin to happen and new people begin to appear and you are traveling to an unexpected destination. Then there are re-writes and editing and more re-writes and more editing and—-sorry, no definitive answer to this question.
Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Actually, no. I just do it and it is usually in the morning.
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Characters come from people I know, have known, have been briefly in contact with or have maybe seen for the briefest of moments as they pass by. You never know what might trigger a simple thought or observation into exploding into all these other ideas. But they all come from somewhere.
What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
I think it was Melville‟s, “Moby Dick”, in grade school.
What are you reading right now?
At this very moment, nothing. I read a book a few days ago called “The Dark-Thirty” by Patricia McKissack. Published in 1992 it deals with African American folk stories that were passed on from generation to generation through verbal story telling. “The Dark-Thirty” is the 30 minutes that precedes darkness each day and all the tales are scary. Learned a lot about the mind-set and culture of the African-American community from way back when. Loved it.
What is your favorite comfort food?
A fresh piece of warm Italian bread with butter. (That is some serious health-food)
What do you think makes a good story?
If the reader can connect with the characters and like them, especially the protagonist.
What book, if any, do you read over and over again?
I always go back to Hemigway‟s, “The Old man and The Sea”, because of its simplicity and its ability to draw you in and feel the very hearts of the two characters, the old man, Santiago and the boy, Manolin.
Fun random questions:
dogs or cats?———————dogs
Coffee or tea?——————-coffee
Dark or milk chocolate?—-dark
Rocks or flowers?————-flowers
Night or day?——————-day (early morning)
Crayons or markers?———crayons
Pens or pencils?—————-pens