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.