Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I didn't start writing until
I was fifty years old, now I have several manuscripts I'm hoping to publish
over the next few years. My first published book, Dancing Backward in Paradise, won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2007 for
excellence in independent publishing and was an Indie Excellence finalist
in fiction, also in 2007. I live in New
York City and I work in Education Publishing but I
hope to one day move upstate and write novels for a living. At my side is my
partner of eighteen years, my little Chihuahua
mix, Roxie, and my two half Siamese cats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie.
Describe your book ‘Dancing Backward in Paradise’
in 30 words or less.
Dancing Backward in Paradise
is gritty, eccentric, funny and moving. My heroine, Grace, grows up between its
pages and this naive teenager, from the deep south, learns about life in 1960s New York City. The
characters around her are as colorful as a field of wildflowers and are sure to
make you smile.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing this book was stringing
the plot. It's a complicated plot and I didn't know when I started out where I
was going with it. It's written in first person so I just sat back and let
Grace tell her story. Plots are hard to come by, but once you get, as a writer,
where you're taking it, the rest is easy.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
I have to say that The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
really moved me. It was a beautiful story. But I appreciate writers who tell a
good story beautifully. I like the writing of Anita Shreeve, Wally Lamb, Caleb
Carr, and so many others. As a teenager I was heavily influenced by Victorian
poetry, and books like The Last of Cheri, The Well of Loneliness and The
Picture of Dorian Grey. I like description with my stories, words that unite us
as human beings, language that flows forth and touches deeply.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
Marketing is the most difficult part of
writing. I wish it weren't but it is. It takes money, lots of money and I try
to do as much as I can. I market online and push my website as much as my
title. I buy traffic, get my name out to social networking sites, do email
campaigns, blog, try to advertise to libraries and to reviewers. Right now, my
kindle sales are greater than my book sales. Book sales seem to ebb and flow
and I'm not even sure where I get the most bang for my buck.
How do you spend your time when you are not
I'm not writing I like to go upstate to the mountains and just be in nature. I
like walks, working out, cooking, wine, other people's books. In the city I
like to take advantage of the theater and the museums. Being with friends is
great and just being home is wonderful.
What are you working on next?
My next published book is about a seventy old woman
and an old love, an old crime that comes back to her in ways she never would
have imagined, and reveals all the forces working in her life, all of which she
was never aware. In the end, you're never too old to heal.