The anthology, That One Left Shoe, includes my short story "The Dog and the Nike".
I grew up in a reading family and my earliest memories are of being read to. I think that
background plays a crucial part in becoming an avid reader and that is also necessary tobecome a writer. I began writing when I was about eight years old. I don’t recall why except I always enjoyed playing “let’s pretend”. I think reading and writing fiction is an older child and adult’s way of being able to play “let’s pretend” without feeling silly. If I have any regret it’s that I didn’t try harder years ago to get published.
What is your writing schedule?
I’m retired so I don’t have a set schedule. I write whenever the mood strikes me and I don’t feel pressured to do something else – like housework or shopping. Of course my dogs, Luke and Buddy, don’t take too kindly to being ignored – fortunately they like to sleep a lot. When they’re awake I have to make time for feeding, walking, rubbing tummies and playing. In addition to working on my projects I spend some time writing on line. I belong to an AARP community group called Writing Memoir that I recommend to seniors out there even if you aren’t a writer (http://aarp.org) and look up Community and Groups. I also spend time posting on a small private website – Advanced Writer’s Workshop. That is actually how I came to be published because Betsy A. Riley is the Administrator and a member. I shared my rough story about the Katrina castaways; she read it and now it’s a published book.
What projects are you working on now, or plan for the future?
Although I enjoy the writing I don’t care for the business end of the process. I am so grateful
that my publisher took all that off my shoulders. I have a few good friends to thank forencouraging me and helping my dream come to fruition - bbdunne, Sara Van der Wansem, and the author Kimberly Dehn – not to mention Betsy A. Riley and Blue Dragon Press. What “Made It” moments have you experienced in life?