How do you write, laptop, pen, paper, in bed at a desk? I am a happy wandered. I use pen and paper to take notes, and flesh out story ideas, but I writer on a laptop. And I really do not have a single place. I’m writing this in my husband’s big easy chair, but I love the swing on my back porch and the one in the back yard near the creek. I will retreat to my bedroom for quiet, when it’s a little more chaotic than I like. But I actually need background noise, music or the TV going low. It helps me focus.
When you are not writing, what do you do to relax? I love yard sales. My hubby and I usually hit the road on Saturday mornings in summer and look for treasures. I love things with character and a back story. And I love hanging with Kenny, my DH, who is a relentless tool hunter. But I always smug treasures with sage, or wipe them down with salt water. You never want to bring mystery energy into your home.
Do you know your neighbors? I do! My neighborhood is part summer homes/camps. On holidays and weekend evenings you can walk from one house to the next and sit on the porch or by a fire pit and just visit. I love it. And the young woman next door introduced my son to his wife. So fate wanted us here.
Do you find time to read? I read every night before I go to sleep. It’s my way to decompress.
What is your favorite color? It depends on the context. I wear a lot of pink, because of my coloring. I seem to be leaning toward blue/greens on my inside of my house (which I admit to painting every other year or so because I get bored with them) and I love bright colors outside; blues, greens, bright white and yellows. My front yard is completely surrounded by a flower garden. And I like red cars.
When did you first know you could write? My junior year of high school. We had to write a short story for an English class and the teacher chose mine to read aloud to the class. I looked around as she was reading and all the girls (it was an all-girl class at that time) were sitting on the edge of their seats and listening so closely. I thought… this is so cool. They are enjoying my story. Afterward, the teach encouraged me to continue writing and I did.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family has always been very supportive. My mother saw me publish several short stories before she passed away and she was very proud of that. My kids grew up with me writing and got use to me working at home. It was the best of both worlds for them. As for my friends… my best friend is a writers, in fact, most of my closest friends are writer. They definitely understand me best.
What other jobs have you had in your life? Well, I still council as a psychic/medium. But I have worked in retail, selling Amish-made furniture. I was a night watch-person and a worked in a slaughter house. I am definitely happiest with my clients and my characters.
Five authors contribute five novellas to this romantic collection set over centuries, in one home on the Albemarle Sound.
Home is where the heart is…
One stately residence on North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound. Five stories of heart-warming romance. Told against the backdrop of the Civil War, the loss of an unsinkable ship, the patriotic zeal of the second world war, the heart-rending conflict of Vietnam, and the thrill of modern day Nascar, Jamie Denton, S. K. McClafferty, Kathleen Shoop, Marcy Waldenville, and J. D. Wylde deliver a variety pack of poignant, sexy, and sweet.
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Genre – Romance
Rating – R
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