1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing? Oh yes, I think all of our life experiences color what and how we write. Besides my most important job of being a mother to my two daughters, I was an elementary school teacher. I taught for five years until my husband and I bought a floral shop and greenhouse business which we “grew” into a successful business for 20 years. I met a lot of different people—who became characters in my books. Experiences on the road when we were full-time RV’ers also influenced my writing by visiting so many different places in the country and learning about the different regions and their history and customs
2 Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above. I was a freelance writer for many years with featured articles in newspapers, magazines, and e-zines, so I have written non-fiction books as well as fiction. I enjoy sharing information in the non-fiction books about real people and how-to-do information on gardening and writing, but I like to play in the fiction world making up funny, mean, or lovable characters in all kinds of settings.
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? Yes. I fell in love with mysteries after reading Sue Grafton’s alphabet mystery series and the funny, entertaining Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. After reading Mark Twain’s stories and The Mitford series author, Jan Karon, I aspire to be a storyteller to entertain and enlighten readers like they can.
4. What's your latest release? Books We Love just released my romantic suspense, Dangerous Sanctuary. The main character is a woman minister who is accused of murdering the church’s choir director. Of course the handsome detective discovers she has motive and opportunity to commit the evil deed, so he must consider her a person of interest. And not just in the murder investigation. Her personality sparks a romantic interest too.
5. What are you working on now? I’m writing a memoir about the first year we were in business and working on re-issuing a mystery first published six years ago.
6. Where can we find you?
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