Why do you write?
I write because I have so many stories to tell. I'm a creative person, both in the written word and in the visual arts. All of my work, from my paintings to my novels, have a story to tell.
How often do you read for pleasure?
As much as my schedule will allow. More in the summer than in the winter, because I have a hectic work schedule in the winter.
Do you think character or plot is more important to a good story?
Definitely characters. Without great characters to empathize with, there IS NO plot.
What inspired your most recent book?
My most recent book was Seraphim, a story of a Catholic high school girl who meets an interesting new transfer student, Michael, who seems too good to be true. It was inspired by my long history with Catholic schools. I had twelve years of my own schooling, and I currently teach in one. Not that the book is overly religious; it's not. It was just inspired by my experience being in a Catholic high school.
If you could be any author who would you be, and why?
I bet a ton of authors would say J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, not just because they're great storytellers, but because they're rolling in dough! As much as I'd like to say one of them, I really admire (read: envious of) Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files. His MC, Harry, has such a strong voice, and one other thing he's really good at is ditching dialogue tags. It's something that I struggle with every day and he makes it seem so easy.
What book do you wish you'd written?
Stephen King's The Eyes of The Dragon. I love that one.
What is the most frustrating thing about self-publishing?
Marketing and promotion. I spend tireless hours at marketing and self-promotion. Too much time, perhaps, that would be better spent getting the next book off my shelf and into readers' hands.
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