Tell me Virginia, What Genre do you write?
To say I had been turned down by many publishers was an understatement. I tell folks that I had been turned down more than the sheets at the Holiday Inn. My dear friend, Gwyn Ramsey, encouraged me to submit to Treble Heart Books. I did and I received the wonderful news that Lee Emory accepted by book on my birthday. It was one of the best birthday presents I have ever received.
When did you begin writing?
I guess you could say I was a late bloomer. I started writing in 1999 but didn’t get published until 2009. I got the idea for the first book I wrote, Gently Generous while driving home for lunch one day. Garth Brooks happened to come on the radio. The song was Beaches of Cheyenne and I started asking myself what if questions. What if he didn’t die? What if she didn’t commit suicide? What if she ended up taking care of him because she felt guilty? What if....
Maybe, you could tell us why, and when you write.
I write because music is my muse. I started my 10th book on New Year's Day. I will be listening to a song, especially country music, and bang, a story starts to form and I have to start writing. It would be phrase in the lyrics that would get me started.
Being retired is a misnomer. I have never “retired”, I have merely changed careers. I do not write all day. If I did I would be bored out of my head. However, I do write for several hours and not always at one stretch. I do research on my current work in process and I read, read, read. Now I read differently from the way I did before I started writing. Now I read for style, pacing, content as well as enjoyment.
Finally, what advice would you give someone wanting to write, or just beginning to write?
My advice to someone who wants to write is—DO IT! You may not ever be published but you are being creative and who knows what the future will bring if you become brave enough to start submitting. So get your fanny in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard. You can change a written page, but you can’t change a blank page. I got that one from Nora Roberts.
Thank you for letting me join you on your blog today. It’s been a pleasure.