I was recently tagged by fellow author Kim Rendfeld to list seven interesting things about my writing life. So without further ado, here is my list.
- The best advice I received while writing and polishing my first novel, The Prodigal, was from an agent I met at a writers’ conference whose suggestions regarding the beginning of the book helped me strengthen my main character and make the story saleable.
- The Prodigal is not my first novel. It is only my first published In my younger years I dabbled in Westerns and contemporary fiction.
- I average four drafts before the final manuscript.
- I hate first person point of view in stories, and I avoid not only writing it but reading it (though there are exceptions for the latter).
- I taught myself how to type, using an old manual typewriter that my mother’s uncle sent to her from Europe where he fought during World War II.
- My best time of day for writing is during the day; my creative energy dies out when the sun sets.
- To write historical fiction, I firmly believe the writer must do everything possible to visit the actual sites/regions in which their stories take place. As much as I read about places like Charleston or Chickamauga, the topography still took me off guard when I visited those places and influenced aspects of my stories.