What inspired you to become a writer?
A conspiracy of circumstances is what inspired me (in fact, “predestined” might be a better choice of words) to be a writer. First, swimming around in my gene pool is the DNA of two conquered peoples: the indigenous Catholic people of Ireland and the people of the American South. Both groups relied heavily on a tradition of storytelling. The Irish did so because, during centuries of British occupation, they weren't allowed to have a formal education, and so had to be instructed clandestinely by word of mouth. The American Southerners loved the oral storytelling tradition, too, especially as a way of passing the time on long, hot summer nights before there were many forms of artificial entertainment to divert them. Second, I was the firstborn of my parents' children. Parents and often-present grandparents had the time to read to me – and having a story read to me while I was cuddled up on a lap was something I recognized very early as representing one of the forms of love. Third, my very first-grade report card reflected a grade of A in what I misread as “vocalabury.” However limited my “vocalabury” may have been at the moment, it was clear that a strong appreciation for words and their uses had become established in me very early.
Which of your books do you consider your “pride and joy”. Why?
Do you have any preparation rituals before you begin to write?
If you had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would it be?
If you had a chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
So many admired writers to choose from! If forced to choose just one, I’d opt for Frank McCourt, another memoirist. Not because I resemble him in writing style any more than I parallel him in personal experience, but because his various memoirs (in particular Angela’s Ashes) were also one-of-a-kind achievements, because I greatly admire him as a writer, and because I’m sad to have missed my chance to know him in this life..
We all have family, work and other obligations...how do you maintain balance
while in the middle of a writing project?
What is the one piece of advice you received about writing that helped you the most?
Where can we purchase your books and how can we keep up with you?
Amazon and Barnes and Noble sell it online; it can also be ordered through any brick-and-mortar bookstore.
Last, but not least.....What and when is your next release? Provide a brief synopsis....
Several ideas for my next book are fermenting away in my head. The problem is that, as yet, none of them has left my head and commenced its existence on paper. Once I've settled down and chosen among them, I’ll be better able to speak to a new release.