December 4 Question - Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?
I've been a writer all my life for business, industry, and education. Eight years ago, I took early retirement to write fiction, since I usually wrote grants, curricula, public service announcements, and commercials for radio and television. It feels fantastic to be able to be creative for myself and tell the stories that have been swirling around in my head. But just like all other fiction and nonfiction writers, it does take time and dedication. You have to make time to "take time off" from pounding the keys. Family is important. I wish I had the drive other writers have, but I do enjoy other hobbies--woodworking, golfing, and traveling. This year I wrote a novel and two Christmas novellas. That was more than enough for me. Happy Holidays!
October 2 Question:
It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading?
I believe creativity is a response to everything around you--your interactions with people, the books you read, the places your visit, and the list goes on and on. There are no new or original ideas, just variations of them by using your creativity. Reading is a must for those who practice their craft. As a journalist before becoming a fiction author, I learned a lot from reading other's works and seeing how form, voice, and presentation matters in the written world. Many English teachers will agree that reading makes a better writer. Don't we all want to be the best writers possible?
September 4 question - If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
I would pick Lund, Sweden, where I lived for a year. It was a quaint old town with brick streets and perfect for a cozy mystery with a little romance.