1. Who or What inspired you to write?
I don’t know if a writer needs someone to inspire him/her. I think story telling is what we do. It might be telling stories to our kids or making up stories as we stand in line at the grocery store or just daydream. Writers write. But I do love the Stephanie Plum stores.
- Did you always dream of being a writer?
I came to it late in life. I started rewriting stores I read or watched on TV. I’d think…Gee that is the dumbest ending ever then I rewrite it. Writing my own stores followed.
- Have you ever based a character member on a family member or friend?
I name a lot of characters after family. My brother, mother, father, grandfathers etc. And I supposed some of who they are seeps over into the actual book character. It’s fun and my family seems to like it. So far none of them have been a victim or the killer.
- Do you write full-time or part-time?
I have a part-time job at a consignment shop…that’s how I can up with writing the Consignment Shop mysteries. Write what you know and consignment shopping is fun. Love the people and the clothes and getting lovely things on the cheap.
- Do you use an outline or plot?
I outline but the story changes a ton by the time I’m done. I need to know where things are headed but there is always room for change and the unexpected. Have to keep the fun alive. The story does take on a life of it’s own and that’s the most fun ever for a writer.
- How long does it usually take to write your book?
I’d say 4 months is about right…sometimes longer or shorter. I do a lot of promo with blogs etc so that eats a lot of time. I’m not a fast writer…darn. LOL
- Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
No more than an accountant suffers from number block or a lawyer suffers from law block. This is a tough gig, you get through it. It’s business. I might rewrite a ton but I’m always writing.
- Do you proofread and edit your own books?
Always proofread but the editors at Berkley Prime Crime are the pros at this. Bless them. They catch the mistakes I miss. I could not do this without their professional help.
- Where is your favorite place to write?
I have an office and can only write there. I envy people who can write anywhere but for me it’s here in my office with the cats.
Excerpt from Dead Man Walker. Fourth book in the Consignment Shop mysteries. Out Feb, 2015. Berkley Prime Crime. A novella and eRead only and from the guy’s point of view.
“This is all circumstantial evidence,” I said to Reagan as we stood on the sidewalk outside my house. “The police have to see that someone’s setting me up to cover their own butt.”
“It’s your butt that needs covering, Walker,” Reagan offered. “The police found your .38 in your desk drawer and it matches the bullet that killed Conway. The cops are on their way. You got to get out of here right now.”
I looked at my ’57 red Chevy convertible parked at the curb. “Might as well put a target on my back with driving this thing.”
Reagan shoved her helmet at me. “Take Princess.”
“A scooter? You want me to ride a pink scooter named Princess?”
“Better than that being your nickname in the big house.”
Thank you to Duffy Brown for your interview. I love to learn more about the authors that I love to read. I am sure other readers also love to learn more.