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Some people write for a paycheck, while others do it for the love of the craft or to fulfill a promise to a loved one. Can you tell me what drives you to get up and write?
Both really. I love to write and have been doing it all my life, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to sell any books. I’d love to make enough money to make a career out of it.
What is the first book that you can remember having a true impact on you?
Probably A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I read it when I was probably 8 or 9 and it really got me thinking. To this day, it is still one of my favorite books. Whenever I hear the word mitochondria, I think of Charles Wallace.
What is one quirky thing about yourself… something that no one outside of your friends and family might know?
I love Beethoven. I can listen to him for hours.
What is your current project about?
I am working on a project with my daughters and a group of friends. It is a series, with a common theme, but each book is written by a different author.
How did the plot and overall story for that project come into being?
The group wanted to do a project together, but we weren’t sure where to start. After brainstorming for several weeks, we finally decided to go with an idea one of the authors was working on. His WIP will be the first book, and we will all go from there. It’s been a very different experience, but I’m excited about it.
Do you have any other projects on the burner somewhere (that you can talk about)?
I’m working on several. I have most of the plot for the third book in the Network Series. Now I just have to write it. I’m also working on a new series, but that one is still top secret. I’ve started several projects that haven’t been completed yet and am anxious to get to them. One being my NaNoWriMo project from 2009. Once I stopped working on it, I buried it. I had a good start on it, so I’d like to pull it back out and rework it.
Quick!… without thinking, what are the first five words that come to mind?
Smoke, apple, water, fire, phone.
What do you think those five words say about your personality?
I let my surroundings influence my thoughts too much. (Not that there’s a fire here. But I do smell smoke, which makes me think of fire. LOL)
Do you have any pets? Can you tell us about them?
I have a cat. No, actually, my kids have a cat. I said no. I got outvoted. She’s an obnoxious bitey thing that tortures me daily. I plot her demise every day, but have failed so far in my attempts to rid myself of her. MY pets are the seven goldfish I’ve had for the past 11 years. They’re like family to me. The cat thinks they are lunch.
Lunch?? (laugh) That’s awesome. Before I let you go, I have one more question. If the world were to one day have your name as a household name (aside from your writing career) what would you want to be known for?
Making other peopel famous. I try anyway.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today.