What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Intuition, I have learned to trust my feelings, and it has allowed me to read my daughter's emotions, and that is a gift. I am able to keep her and my relationship on the same path.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Impatience, I get information quickly, like a download, and I like to get things done immediately. Not everyone is on my timetable unfortunately.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart." This Indian proverb caught my eye on Facebook, and I resonated with it immediately. I strive to be in my heart center, and not get caught up in all the dramas in the world that have many agendas.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
That's simple - being a mom!
How long have you been writing?
I was not a skilled writer, so I didn't really think of myself becoming a writer as a profession until I brought my first computer in '86, it was like a gift from God. One could spell check and edit, and for this dyslexic girl that was a blessing. I wrote, and wrote with such freedom that it was like the doorway to my higher-mind was flung open with ideas and creativity.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
I discovered that I was talented when a musician friend read some of my poems. I didn't know that my rhyming poems were different, and the lyrics could be put to music instantly. I remember as a child who couldn't spell, I often would sit, and wondering how can I say that another way, that I could spell it all correctly. All my writing ended up with red circles around all my mistakes, and a D. on the top of the page. One was rarely judged on their creative story, just their mistakes, and grammar.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I enjoy writing many different genres -- fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and songwriting. It really depends on my mood, and how I feel that day. Some days it's more about editing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I would have to say my girlfriends and those long chats that lead us in many directions. I guess, it was the freedom of being many personalities, and opinions that wanted a place to be voiced. That is the beauty of fiction.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
A very kind, old neighbor, was my biggest influence. As a teen, traveling the world, during a time when you couldn't pick up a phone, you had to write letters, and he loved them so much, that he often said you should write more about your travels. It was wonderful writing to family and knowing you would never be judged, and they could read around all your errors. I never knew there were editors in those days to pay, or work with. The more I wrote, the more confidence I developed to express myself.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes, I have many books in me, and this is just the beginning. I also plan on spending more time in the film industry writing and producing some of my own screenplays. Even this story was one, and I have had interest in the past. The beauty of owning the book rights, is that a hired screenwriter can't change too much, or if they do, the book still stands on its own, and you still own the copyright.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Just have to do it, keep writing, and sooner, or later it seems to open you up to new ways of being creative.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
Being honest, and being in character is important. If you have to worry about what you can, and can't say, you'll have boring stories, and it doesn't opens ones mind, or how another sees their world, and why, and how that worked for them. You don't have to agree, but you do get to see another side of ones' personality.
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http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Gods-Back-Secrets-Shadows/dp/0981813461/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338398263&sr=8-1 Behind God's BackABOUT BEHIND GOD'S BACK: SECRETS, SHADOWS, AND SEX
When six old friends meet for lunch… they discover things about each other… they never knew existed…
Sandra, a writer, excited to have a book deal, which is based on her story of FORBIDDEN LUST, now must tell her friends what really happened on their last church camping trip. They swore they would never speak of it again and now it is going to be exposed to the world.
Now in her forties, Darlene is outraged, until she lets them in on her secret.
As their day turns into the night, a few bottles of wine later, these forty-year-old women share their secrets of forbidden lust too. Some tales are riddled with guilt, and others are so guilty because their stories of sexual pleasure are forbidden in the eyes of society, especially when their spiritual and religious beliefs conflict with each other
As the story unfolds, the girls are appalled to learn about one of their secrets that they take a vow to remain friends forever - the same vow that they took twenty-five years ago, which brought them together this afternoon. Sandra didn't know these hidden fascinating stories about her friends would end up being including in her book. All that she knew was the little secret between her and Darlene and that 'unforgettable night'!
Their stories are of love, humor, anger, pain, and, sometimes, graphic sexual dialogue, along with their vivid images, and those haunting teenage memories move them to tears, and leaves them all questioning life itself.