What motivates you to write?
Writing a novel was the only thing on my bucket list. I had to do it. Now I can’t stop. Because I have a slight case of schizophrenia, I must entertain the voices. When I heard (pun intended) that some schizophrenics hear voices, I thought to myself (and others), “Doesn’t everyone?” My voices observe the acts of our chaotic society and then challenge me to write a punishment that fits the crime.
What made you chose the genre you chose?
I don’t have a choice about what I write. I’m paranoid, mean, suspicious, and want to hurt bad people. What genre do you propose?
Where do your characters come from?
My characters are bits and pieces of people I know, people I want to know, and people I never want to meet.
What’s most rewarding about writing?
I really enjoy when a reader connects with my story and bonds with my characters. Characters who are just words I created on a page.
Who is an author who inspires you and why?
I read books written by many different authors. Some of my favorites in no particular order are Allison Brennan, Greg Iles, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, the three Lisas (Garner, Jackson, Unger), and Sandra Brown. I’ve recently added Gillian Flynn, who thinks like I do.
What do you look for in other people’s books?
Something I can believe in. Something that allows me to forget the mortgage for a few hours. Something that makes me think.
What are you writing now?
Thank you for asking. Currently, I’m working on a suspense story where a Marine sniper comes home on leave and walks into a drugstore robbery. Can you imagine angering somebody who legally hunts humans?
What kind of book would you like to be known for?
I hope when I die and the dirt hits my box, someone will say, “My goodness, she wrote books where I never knew the ending.” Kinda like life.
If you were to write in another genre, what genre excites your writer’s blood?
Sappy, tear-jerking literary fiction.
If you achieved great fame and fortune, would you continue to write?
Yes. And I would throw lavish parties for people who adored me.
What encouraging advice can you offer new writers?
With the upheaval in publishing, this is an exciting and scary time to be a writer. Write it and your heart will flourish. Write it well and they will come.