Don’t lose your joy for life, for when you grow old, you may still exist, but you will have ceased to live. ~ Diann Shaddox
How or why did you decide to become a writer? I have so many stories to tell and decided it was time to write them down a few years ago.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?A couple of weeks but then the edits take a while.
What advice can you give me about writing? Just sit down and write, you can edit later.
How long does it take you to write a novel? When I come up with a new idea it takes me a few weeks to write the book.
Which authors have inspired you to write? I love so many authors, a couple of my favorites are Edgar R Burroughs, and Agatha Christie.
Do you work from an outline? No, I just begin to write, then add an add an outline.
Did you always want to be an author? I’ve always had stories to tell, but wouldn’t take the time.
What is your favorite aspect of writing? Starting a new story and watching it and the characters come to life.
Your least favorite aspect of writing? The edits.
What aspect of writing would you most like to improve on? Learning to edit quicker, it takes me way too long.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business? It’s a lot more work than I thought and you have to be alone to think in your own world.
How did you choose your characters names and location for your story? Most of my characters names just pop into my head and the location, but a few times I’ve had to come up with some new names. You never know when you talk to me if I might use your name.
Favorite food? Veal chop Chicken fried steak & gravy
Favorite drink? Far Niente Chardonnay Egg Nog with Bourbon
Favorite Color? Deep blue Pearl white
Favorite Song? Somewhere Out There What A Wonderful World Greensleeves Many old hymns
Favorite Movie? Ghost & Mrs. Muir The Green Mile
Favorite Holiday? Christmas
Favorite Flower? A white rose
Favorite outdoor activity? Beach, used to play piano but hand tremors get in the way, gardening
Favorite childhood food? Home cooked vegetables Cornbread & butter
Favorite memory from childhood Staying out late at night swinging on an old swing, staring at the stars in the dark sky.
Favorite time of day? Early morning
Favorite day of the week? Sunday
Favorite Month? May
Who is a celebrity you admire most? I admire so many
Which writer, living or dead, would you like to spend time with? Edgar R. Burroughs
Name some of your favorite books? The Time Machine A Princess of Mars Bridges of Madison County The Notebook A wrinkle in Time Charlotte’s Web A Faded Cottage Whispering Fog Miranda Spirits of Sacred Mountain The Gatekeeper of Crystal Pond
Who is your favorite fictional character? To many to choose from. I love so many.
Hardest thing you have ever had to do? Saying good-bye to the ones I love.
What do you miss most about being a kid? The peacefulness of living with my Mamow