Answering Martha’s questions:
1. What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
Last thing: new scene for the WIP.
First thing: “Dear Diary…”
2. Write poetry?
3. Angsty poetry?
4. Favorite genre of writing?
Memoir, poetry, women’s fiction.
5. Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
Several people have said they don’t like Deena, from The Paris Notebook. And I had one guy tell me a character in an old story was a bimbo. Which upset me because back then my female characters were all thinly veiled versions of me. Come to think of it, Deena’s a lot like me, too…
6. Best plot you’ve ever created?
I love the plot I’m working on now.
7. Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
When I turned the man in the moon into a woman.
8. How often do you get writer’s block?
I don’t. Sometimes all I can write is crap, but I can always write something.
9. Write fan fiction?
10. Do you type or write by hand?
My mood makes a difference on which I choose.
11. Do you save everything?
12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
I never totally give up on anything I’ve written, and I’ve gone back and revised lots of things.
13. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
Right now, a poem called “Africa” is my favorite.
14. What’s everyone else’s favorite story that you’ve written?
It’s in my book, but I didn’t write it. My mom’s story “Sam” has gotten more fan mail than anything I’ve ever written.
15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
I’ve tried writing romance, but always end up putting too much other stuff in, including angsty teen drama.
16. What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
Key West. That’s the story with the bimbo, btw.
17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I try to work on one project at a time these days.
18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
My book (Your Words, Your Story) won honorable mention from the Midwest Independent Press.
19. What are your five favorite words?
I love you. Let’s eat.
20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Most of my main female characters have a little bit of me in them.
21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
Driving and dreaming, though not at the same time.
22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Yes, although I usually end up revising those dream ideas.
23. Do you favor happy endings?
At the very least, I want there to be a potential for that.
24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
No, but after I write, before anybody else sees it, I do use spell check!
25. Does music help you write?
Some songs and artists remind me of my story, but I can’t listen to them and write at the same time.
26. Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.
“I look for the line on the horizon/pull myself up by its rope.”
(From my poem “Africa” not sure if I got the line breaks right…)