What is your favorite quality about yourself?
The quality that insists I constantly learn, grow and change.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
One of my favorites quotes is from Ella Fitzgerald: It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts, because it’s full of hope for the future and our ability to decide who we want to become.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Creating a positive, nurturing and supportive relationship with my daughter, who is now 20 years old. I continue to learn so much from her and feel so grateful we’ve managed to create the mother-daughter relationship I’ve always longed for.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I was always encouraged to read, and was read to at a young age. On my father’s side there are several published writers, of detective stories and children’s books.
When and why did you begin writing?
Creative writing was always my favorite class in school, and it was fun for me. As a mental health professional I realized that I was the only one who actually enjoyed writing treatment plans, my colleagues hated doing this but for me it was easy and fun.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing at a very young age. I still have a 2-page “book” that my best friend and I wrote when her dog ran away, and we sold it to our neighbors.
What inspires you to write and why?
I always learn a great deal from the process of writing, and view it as the perfect medium for teaching and inspiring others.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
I was very fortunate to be working with a literary agent who was a fantastic book coach. She loved this topic, helped organize and structure the material and kept me writing daily. It wasn’t easy but it worked.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
For me, a significant challenge in writing is finding compelling ways to express what I have to say. This is the first book I’ve written and it took on a life of its own that at times was fun, and other times exasperating.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
When I first started writing I kept hearing the term “voice” and had no idea what this meant. I think over time my voice as a writer has developed as a natural process, partly borne from the passion I bring to the subject matter.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
Constantly editing and re-writing.