What are you working on right now?
My current project is a series of young adult time travel novels called Names in the Attic.
How does this differ from other works in its genre?
The teen-aged heroine travels back in time to a number of different eras in the same old house. In the process, she experiences the pre-women’s lib days of the 1950s, the racial and political violence of the 1960s, and so on. At the same time, she becomes involved in the lives of the people she meets, which isn’t always easy when you know what the future holds for them. And, of course, there’s romance, intrigue, and danger!
Why do you write what you do?
I guess I enjoy the possibilities that time travel presents and the opportunity that it gives me to revisit and/or learn about different eras. In some cases, I’m time-traveling myself because much of what I write is based on past experience, and I get to relive those days as I reproduce them on paper.
How does your writing process work?
I’m what some authors call a “pantser,” in that I write by the seat of my pants. While I have a general idea of where the story is going to go, much of what happens is character-based, which means my characters drive the details. I don’t dare write my chapters out of sequence because my characters’ personalities and reactions to situations can send the story in a direction that I can’t foresee. It’s kind of like watching a movie in my head. Until it’s over, I don’t really know what’s going to happen.
Any departing words of wisdom for other authors?
The urge to write is a gift. If you have stories to tell, let them out! Never stop writing because you think you’re not good enough. Writing is a skill that improves with practice, an open mind, and the help of good beta readers who will tell you the truth. Follow blogs intended to help writers, and when you’re ready, find a good editor to polish your words and point out your shortcomings. Then use what you’ve learned to do it even better next time. And keep those ideas coming!
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