Question # 1: Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write?
I can’t remember a single day of my life that I haven’t read something. I was blessed with creativity and a wild imagination. I LOVE words, a good story, a narrative told with verve and heart. My writing (second) career just feels indigenous. The great George Orwell described it as “aesthetic enthusiasm” for the process, “pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story.” I find joy when I’m in the zone, all pistons firing. When I want to shout with confidence Yes! Yes! Yes! as Meg Ryan does in the movie When Harry met Sally.
Question # 2: What is one “piece of writing advice” that you wish you’d never taken?
I’ve found that the strict adherence to gutting out a designated number of words every day that many authors espouse, is counter productive. There are definitely days I don’t need to be writing, days the words would be contrived.
Question # 3: How would you explain your creative process to a five-year-old?
As a former kindergarten teacher, I hope I can do this juicy question justice. I’ll tie my shoelaces in a double knot and wipe my nose first.
Close your eyes—no peeking–and make a picture in your head of a girl at a swimming pool. Do you see her? Does she look like someone you know? What does she look like? What is her name? How old is she? Is she in the water? What does she see? What does she smell? What does she hear? Who else is at the pool? Now open your eyes and tell me everything!
Question # 4: How do you know when something in your manuscript should be edited, removed, or left just as it is?
If words are superfluous, or not necessary to moving the story forward, out they go. If I haven’t painted a vivid picture for the reader, more words go in, the right words, the words as E.L. Doctorow so elegantly said, “evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” (Channel the brilliant Stephen King.) Conversely, if the words sing and soar, zip and roar they become a treasured part of my work.
Question # 5: And finally– What do you plan to write tomorrow?
Tomorrow. I’ll be revising the fabulous, heart-wrenching final chapters of A Faculty Daughter that I hope my editor will be sending along.
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