My imaginary world has always been rich. As a small child I remember pretending I lived in ancient Egypt, traveled down the Nile, lived as a Native American in Southwestern United States, and of course I traveled to the stars.
Who is Dinky?
Dinky is my youngest horse, we adopted him from a rescue when he was four months old. He is a nurse mare foal. I wrote two books from his point of view. The first is a novel
Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal
and the second is adapted from the beginning of the book for ages 3 to 8, called
Dinky's Quest: The Journey Begins.
Do you prefer it quiet or do you like to listen to music when you write?
I usually like it quiet, for I listen to the sound of my characters, but when writing The Between Times, a story of what our world might become, but again it has a bit of magic woven into it and a prophecy.
I listened to Troika, a new age CD and when I wrote The Choosing I listened to the sounds of flutes and drums from a Native American CD.
The Choosing is the story of pre-European America and is interwoven with Celtic and different Native American beliefs.
What was the first book you wrote and published?
My grandmother wrote a few short poems in the 1930's for her children, I found them when my mother was dying and found them charming. I decided to lengthen most of the poems and add some of my own and Wee Three: A Mother's Love in Verse was born. It is the first of two children's poetry books I have written.
It is illustrated by the talented Hazel Mitchell.
How many books have you written?
To date I have published 2 children's poetry, 3 adult poetry, my novella's The Choosing and The Between Times, Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal, and its companion, Dinky's Quest: The Journey Begins, and a slew of short stories. I have approximately 30 partially finished novels and stories.
Where do your ideas come from?
I call it the primordial soup, for they seem to come from nowhere. It seems as if they swirl around in my head until something I see, hear, or read will open the door and the characters will tell me their stories as I type.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read, read, read, and write, write, write, and get a good editor.