Q&A

  1. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

"As long as I can   remember --- perhaps, more exactly, sometime in 3rd grade, I had a persistent yearning to capture the special quality of certain events or experiences, so as not to lose them.  To keep them safe in memory – just as they had been, for always."

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

As  growing years  accumulated, these highly personal aspirations became more complex:   I began to  see, and finally  to understand, that virtually all my friends , and many of my classmates ,also  had anxious personal adjustments, familial economic problems, and any number of unresolved  hopes:  and  I became a member of a much larger family then. Most of the themes of my novels revolve about, and address, just these matters. But living and observing and listening carefully, can very much help identify difficult areas of strain, which potential growth and change can ameliorate.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

High school brought a more extensive development with its more mature essay assignments research papers, and high school newspaper contributions And, of course, in college, my courses, buoyed by my renewed and growing ambition, inspired me to start writing my first novel. It was enthusiastically received by my fellow Literature students.

4. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

                After College, my husband and I chose the University of Iowa for our individual M.A.’s, and because this institution offered a degree in Creative Writing . Then, two more years,  while  he  fulfilled his Army  commitment in Alaska   Concurrently, I served as manager of the Copy Department at KFAR TV in  Fairbanks  After the Army, his first real job was teaching college in South Dakota, where we also greeted the birth of our first child  Another two years of very satisfying  teaching ,however., when   a scholarship at Yale was offered and our family moved to New Haven  I In this highly competitive academic environment, I considered myself   lucky to find a job as a  medical librarian assistant at Yale Medical Library,  a job which I held  Until he had  finished  his studies.

                It was always necessary for both of us to earn a salary in order in order to maintain a household, and acquire enough money to pay for our children’s future college educations.

                But, having arrived at my desk in the Los Angeles firm where I was currently employed and approaching my sixties, I had this moment of epiphany.  I really heard a Voice saying “I thought you said you wanted to be a writer=== Well, I guess that’s never going to happen. Right?”

                That very day, I started writing my first published novel in any spare time I could muster And, so far, I have managed to produce three.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

They have all been learning experiences, though all have their flaws and shortcomings. But whatever  the future holds in store, I hope to try to keep my mind engaged and “at least do no harm.”