Please welcome to the stage...
Tell us about your journey to become a published author?
Years later, another novel was accepted by a small publisher, L&L Dreamspell. Shortly after Mustard's Last Stand was published, Dreamspell closed due to the untimely death of one of the partners. I decided to publish independently and have now released the second in the Havoc in Hancock series, Foul Wind. The road has been winding and steep, with many boulders, but along the way I've met many terrific authors. "
What sparked the idea for this series?
My daughter is an environmental activist and invited me to join her for breakfast with a friend whose "forest" name is Roadkill. This chatty, charming man dressed in the skins of animals he found by the road and tanned. How could I not launch a series about Roadkill and his kooky friends and relations?
Foul Wind catches up with Feather, one of four pregnant women in the first novel who align with Roadkill against the fanatical developer of an African safari camp in North Idaho. In Foul Wind, Feather can't believe her prissy sister would be involved with blackmail. But when the partners in a new wind development are blackmailed and Feather's sister's lover is murdered, suspicion falls on Feather and her sister. Feather and her mother, often at odds, endure hungry hogs, sinister strangers, and a PI with killer instincts and drop-dead looks, to sniff out the murderer.
Give five words that best describe this book. What message do you hope readers get?
Offbeat, Suspenseful, Funny, Cozy
We need to think about what we're doing to our environment. "
Give us one or two of your favorite lines from this book.
"Feather closed the door on him and his life and his wife and their son and walked down the cement stairs into the cool dark night."
"A joker. She needed a joker at this minute like she needed a ferret chewing on her leg."
Tell us about your writing space and your daily routine.
We carved out a corner of the now closed-in Arizona room (patio) and had a beautiful bookcase built in. I work beside sliding glass doors to the back yard, watching bunnies munching and lizards basking, along with the occasional hawk. I try to walk our dog daily, my form of meditation. I write 'til my butt complains, then find way too many other distractions.
What’s one of your favorite reviews/comments you’ve ever received about your writing (on this book or any other)? Who did it come from and how did it impact you?
Author Kathy McIntosh has either met these folks and changed their names, or she's got an incredible gift for creating hilarious, yet recognizable characters. With her words, you see, hear, even smell the characters as they race, stumble, sashay, and fight their way to claiming the old family homestead, rediscovering themselves, and giving a sleepy town a good ole wake-up call along the way. “
From an Amazon reviewer, this quote inspired me to keep going on book two, even though I was having a tough go at the time."
What’s your biggest struggle as a writer (or what was your worst critique)? And how do/did you handle it?
I have to read reviews with an open mind but a thick skin. One reviewer will hate a cover, the next love it. I have to remember we all look at the world with different eyes. I do allow myself a good pout when things go too slowly or a bad review arrives. Then I slog on, usually with a smile.
What is the high point of your career, so far?
When I sought someone to narrate my first novel on Audible, a man named JoBe Cerny responded. JoBe, an experienced actor and producer, used to be the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy. He did a great job with the many voices in Mustard's Last Stand. He'll be recording Foul Wind this spring. He's such a great guy and also a mystery writer. Serendipity brought us together.
What was the low point of your career? And how did you handle it?
A famous author offered to read fifty pages of one of my books and then phoned me with her advice. I heard only the negatives, although I'm sure she was kind. I didn't handle it well and didn't write much for several months. I gradually worked through it, with the support of my friends, and realized I needed to "toughen up." I have, I guess, because I keep writing.
Give us the name of a recent book you’ve read that you would highly recommend to readers.
I'm re-reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and gave a copy to my daughter, who is not a writer. I think Lamott has good advice for everyone.
What’s next on your writing journey?
I've recently moved from Idaho to Arizona and I'm moving my characters from the Idaho forests to the Sonora desert. Believe me, there are plenty of environmental issues for them to attack here, and lots of great kooky characters.
What’s your favorite book on the writing craft or your favorite piece of advice to writers?
So many to choose from! I love Bird by Bird, and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones.
Best advice came from Ridley Pearson (and so many others): Get your butt in the chair and write. " "The first novel I wrote was a finalist in the St. Martin's Malice Domestic contest and I knew I was on my way to fame and glory. No such luck; lots of agents read it but none made an offer
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And to read her books, visit…
Mustard's Last Stand on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ZDHaMV
Foul Wind on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RpWfPx"