Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a writing instructor with Gotham Writers’ Workshop. I’ve written tons of books, but only ten have been published (including those under a pen name and those out of print).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Love Again is the first book in the Women of the Crush series. The lives and loves of a senior softball tournament team in the fictional town of Vine Valley, California, are explored through three couples in three books.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have to write as soon as I wake up.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My mentor, Melanie Rae Thon, showed me the power of emotion in writing. She also taught me the value in writing from several points of view (although my current publisher prefers I stick with two alternating third person deep points of view).
What are you working on now?
I am currently laying fallow after writing a midlife memoir.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My website has been invaluable over the years.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Take a class. Find a community of writers who support you. Commit to writing with as much devotion as you commit to any other relationship. Be patient. Practice, practice, practice. Success is writing, and not in being published.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
In writing? That’s laying fallow between projects. The late poet David Bromige took a sabbatical doing absolutely nothing and came out stronger. Even Pema Chondron took a year off before completing her breakout book, When Things Fall Apart. Rest is essential.
What are you reading now?
What Happens in Chicago by Liz Crowe, one of my all-time favorite romance authors.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Promoting Love Again.
What is your favorite book of all time?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.