After spending ten years as a technical writer, I quit my job to focus on my family, which at the same time allowed me to begin writing. I thought all of my creative juices had been sucked from my very existence until I sat down one day and wrote a personal piece for a local magazine. It was published within a couple of months. I was incredibly excited, of course, but what that one article really gave me was the confidence to keep writing. That was six years ago already and I've been happily writing ever since.
I wrote Missing Maggie over a period of three years. It took so long to write because every few months I'd give up, telling myself that I should just get a real job. Ew! The dread of sitting in a cubicle again quickly sent me back to the keyboard. The image of that confined space is the driving force behind me getting up early every morning to write. This girl needs her freedom!
Justice for Julia took about ten months to complete; three months for the actual writing, while the other seven months were dedicated to editing and reviewing. It felt much more natural this time around. I didn't doubt my abilities. I didn't once think about giving up. I can only assume the next novel will go even smoother.
Crossing Carol was a test of my stamina! After completing the manuscript in about nine months, I spent a long, cold winter (Boy, was it long!) attempting to find a literary agent interested in my work. I had a few nibbles, but nobody held on. The rejections were tough to take, of course, but I kept telling myself only the weak give up. I wasn't ready to give up, at least not on my writing. Despite the fact that no one in New York thought my name belonged on the best sellers list, I love this story and its characters.
I sincerely hope you enjoy reading all three books in the series.
All the best,
Q: How did you come up with the idea to make Kody Burkoff a ghostwriter?
A: At one time, I wanted to be Kody Burkoff. About 10 years ago while I was living in Arizona, I was laid off from my job and thought it would be fun to help those in my community write their memoirs. I researched the idea, created some files, and was about to start a small marketing campaign when I received a call from IBM (Rochester, MN) in response to my resume. Needing the income and a way out of the desert, our family packed up our belongings and moved north. Without hesitation, I put my idea in the bottom drawer of my nightstand and looked ahead to the future. I never in a million years thought I would open that drawer again, much less write a novel (or three) using my dream to create a fictional character.
Q: How do you create the characters in your stories?
A: I listen and observe. The people closest to me know which character they are or who they most resemble in my writing. A character is never solely based on one person though. I instead use traits from several people to create one character. I'll also add in characters that I see on the streets or at various events I attend. However, now that I think about it, some characters aren't based on anyone I know. Nancy, the ex-Las Vegas showgirl, for example, is one such character. I've been to Las Vegas several times and have seen a few shows, but I have never met one of the showgirls. Maybe I should add that to my bucket list so I can see if Nancy is anything like a real Las Vegas dancer!
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