What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused and inspired?
My space is usually pretty cluttered with mementos and pictures tacked to my walls so if my mind wanders, I wind up focusing on something meaningful or inspiring. That way, my little side trips typically lead me back to my story. Oh, and a glass of wine. Because I’m a strict follower of Hemingway’s advice to “write drunk and edit sober.”
You’ve been a broadcast journalist AND have a law degree, have you always wanted to write novels? How did you make the leap to becoming an author?
I have wanted to be a writer most of my life, but becoming a writer is a little like catching lightning in a bottle so I figured I better have a way to pay the bills while I chased that dream. And I’m still a full- time attorney, so… waiting on that Netflix mini-series.
How do you celebrate finishing a novel?
Always with a glass of champagne! My tradition is taking a picture of my glass next to the words “The End.” It’s bliss.
Who is your favorite fictional couple? What qualities do they have that you love?
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. They really did make each other better people. And I’m a sucker for the whole “landing the unattainable man” story.
What are your top three favorite books?
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (One of the best endings of all time!)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (If you haven’t read it since slogging through it in high school, give it another read. It’s amazing!)
Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (So that you don’t think I only read stuff written 100 years ago.)
What’s next for you? Are you working on a new project? If so, can you give us a teaser and/or an expected release date?
I’m always working on new projects!
I have one finished and another I’m presently writing (when I’m not lawyering or spending time with my gorgeous husband). I’m super excited about both and hope to have some updates soon!