Published: June 2015
Genre: Literary/Women's/Chick Lit
When your life changes where do you find yourself? How do you find yourself? This is a collection of short stories and poems describing the journey of four women as they cope with life, accept the changes, and discover their new selves.
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Answer: I started writing when I was seven years old. We had an assignment to create our own books in the second grade. The teacher liked my story from the first free writing session because it was imaginative and kept her guessing. Although it lacked a common thread. I’ve been writing since then. My first attempt at getting published was at ten. I kept trying every week and my persistence paid off at sixteen and seventeen, seven times. I have been hooked ever since.
RH: I noticed that this is a collection of short stories and poems. Is there any particular story that was your favorite to write?
Answer: I thoroughly enjoyed writing “ Rx: Girlfriends, Cocktails and Getaways”. I loved it because, I originally wrote it as part of what I call affectionaly “My bad day collections” so I could remember that I had fun (crazy times) at some point. The stories chronicles my party girl days after I got divorced. When I’m having a bad day I just read the end of that story and I just smile. It’s a photograph of my second round with my glory days.
RH: Do you reflect people you know into your characters or do you prefer making them up on the fly?
Answer: It depends, some stories I have been writing with the characters so long they feel like real people. At other times the characters most definitely reflect people. I know some real life characters just ask anyone of my friends.
RH: Are the stories based on true ones from your life?
Answer: I think all fiction is based on some reality.
RH: What themes might we find in And I Thought Divorce Was Bad?
Answer: I think a strong secondary theme is recognizing change and accepting the momentary beauty as well as the result. Often, we change and we are to wrapped up in where we were to see who we are now.
RH: Which character do you think is the most like you?
Answer: Definely Laurie in my young days, now in my more adult days the narrator of how to induce hope.
RH: Do you have a favorite line from And I Thought Divorce Was Bad?
Answer: Making progress is progress
RH: What makes this book stand above the rest?
Answer: It deals with real problems that people face every day. It does not sugar coat it.
RH: What is your next project?
Answer: Right now, I have a new installment of my favorite series on the editors desk. I am doing another collaboration and attempting to re-write my autobiography for a second release. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the second book, a prequel, to And I Thought Divorce Was Bad has started the editing process.
RH: Where can we find you on the web?
RH: What inspired you to write this book?
Answer: My sister was my inspiration. She was in the car one day and she says “You should make a collection of what you have written.” I thought it was silly, so I ignored her. My cardiologist met me the first time and she told me the same thing. When it happened at the dentist as well, I took it as a hint that maybe I should consider writing this book.
RH: What is your favorite thing to write?
Answer: Suspense/thriller novels
RH: What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Answer: My biggest inspiration is Mickey Spillane. He is raw, gritty, dirty and classy at the same time. How these qualities co exist is beyond me, but I'm head over heels with the mixture. I aspire to write a female Mike hammer with his secretary's dimensions. (By the way, I know I took it way back, but a classic is a classic.)
Slightly below Mickey Spillane is Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum series. I believe she has a magic wand of balance at her desk. Humor, action, romance, and suspense are always in balance. I can never pick my favorite character, scene, or book. I digress the most inspirational scene is when Grandma Mazur gets in a fight at a funeral. That is pure gold. She makes Stephanie getting sexually harassed at gun point laugh out loud hilarious. I strive for that ability to be over the top and balanced at the same time.
RH: What is your favorite geeky movie?
Answer: If you promise not to tell anyone, I will say. Dr.Who the animated one with David Tennant
RH: What is your favorite book?
Answer: Black Alley/Pride and Predjudice that is a tie.
RH: Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?
Answer: Pen and pencil
RH: What does your writing sanctuary look like?
Answer: I don’t have one. I write everywhere, yes even on my hands.
RH: Do you have any tricks when it comes to getting into the writing-mode?
Answer:I think about life and how I would narrate it. Yes I know it is narcissistic
RH: Where do you call home?
Answer: Annapolis, Maryland
RH: Do you prefer paperback or e-books?
Answer: Paperbacks every day. I like to know that I am reading and making progress in the story.
RH: If you could be any character of any book (including your own), who would it be and why?
Answer: Jasmine Melanie Malone. She is amazing in all aspects. She is everything I want to be when I grow up. She holds everything together, while inspiring fear in, her enemies, and most importantly nothing ever phases her. She tough from the top of her immaculate hair to the tone of her body, to the sway of her hips, to her glock she always has at the ready. I fell in love with her the first day she became words on a page.
RH: Is there an author out there that you'd really like to meet?
Answer: Janet Evanovich
RH: What book could you read over and over?
Answer: Black Alley. I have read it thirty seven times and counting. Although, right now my last copy has fallen apart due to wear and tear. If anyone has one, I’m in the market for a new one.
RH: If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
Answer: Nothing, I like the mystery and the craziness that is my life.
RH: List the last three books that you've read:
(1)Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Laura Lipton
(2) The Accidental It Girl By: Libby Street
(3) The Smart oOne and the Pretty One By: Claire Lazebink
RH: What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Answer: Like most people my age, my Iphone.
RH: Do you have a favorite quote?
Answer: A lady’s voice should never exceed a whisper.-Ever After movie
RH: What is your favorite drink?
Answer: Non-Alcohol: Ice cold name brand Root beer with Vanilla
Alcohol: At the moment, Jameson neat
RH: Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Answer: Night owl.
RH: Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
Answer: Phone, because I could call 911(that’s the logical reason) My life and my stories are on that thing.
RH: If you could be transported back in time and could be any individual, famous or not, who would you be?
Answer: Any person that invested in the IPO of Starbucks, worked at Instagram, and bought Apple stock in the mid-nineties.
RH: Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Answer: Everyone that read the book. Both my editors, my PR rep, my co-authors, the ladies from the book club(You guys said I would forget you when you hosted my first book reading), and Reader’s Hollow(Yal were awesome.)