What's the one thing, word, element, etc. that readers won't see in any of your books?
Readers of the Green Stone of Healing® series will not be treated, if that is the word, to snarky attitude, incomprehensible stream-of-consciousness bullshit, or ambivalence. It may seem clever to some authors, but it is repugnant to me as a reader, and I won’t allow it in my prose, fiction or nonfiction.
What comes after the Green Stone of Healing® series? Any new series in the works?
The Green Stone of Healing® series covers four generations of characters, and the first-generation heroine lives through at least six books. So there’s a way to go. But I have new, related projects in the back of my mind. One is a series about the founding of Azgard and the other tells the story of the doomed romance between the first-generation heroine’s parents.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, although I am not a Christian. Christmas Eve especially is a magical time and represents for me the renewal of hope and possibility, even as winter sets in. It’s also a great occasion to party with loved ones and friends.
Would you ever consider mentoring an aspiring author?
Of course. My first piece of advice would be to try something else besides writing, because writing is the Rodney Daingerfield of the world of commerce, industry, and politics. It don’t get no respect. Even worse, few recognize poor writing when they read it, so you won’t earn any brownie points for writing well. Only if you get up every morning and cannot imagine doing anything else except sitting down and writing should you pursue writing as a career or avocation. It is utterly consuming, rather lonely, and usually very poorly compensated. How’s that for encouragement? I prefer the cold honest truth.
How did you come up with the name of your current series?
It fell into my mind one day when my partner and I were trying to come up with a name. When that happens I know the information I am receiving is coming from somewhere outside of my own awareness, so I pay attention to it.
Finish the thought: If I didn't make one cent off anything I've written, I know my fiction has profoundly changed and healed my life, the lives of family and friends, and now the people who are reading it.
Have you attended any book conventions or signings?
I have attended book conventions, the last in 2001. I really am too busy writing to go, and book signings are problematic for a POD author like me.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Writing the later books in the series and still pursuing my political columns.
Which one of your The Green Stone of Healing heroines do you relate to most?
I believe that I lived as past life as first-generation heroine Helen Andros, and identify with her very much. We both always have an opinion. My hope is that I have learned to be a little more diplomatic in expressing my opinions (not always, though). We both relish a fight with the powerful and try to stick up for the underdog.
What's your one guilty pleasure?
Ice cream. Yummy! No guilt. Just pure gastronomic bliss.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
I would restore hearing to my left ear, which went deaf from an acoustic neuroma (tumor of the ear nerve) about a decade ago. I cannot imagine life without sound, and having only one functioning ear has made me keenly appreciative of the hearing I do have.
What makes you happy?
Loving and being loved by my best friend and partner. Eating ice cream. Laughing at squirrels’ antics. Watching the silly lizards chase bugs on the screen door late at night. A good joke. Just small, simple things, really.
What are you wearing right now?
Not enough to go out in public!
What do you do to get into the writing mode?
Get up and sit in front of my computer. I spent many years as a reporter for newspapers with multiple daily deadlines. I am always in writing mode. I don’t even need the computer part, either. Just hand me something to write with and a scrap of paper, and I’m off and scribbling.
The series features four generations of strong-willed female characters who inherit a mysterious green gem ultimately revealed to mend broken bones and broken hearts, protect against missiles, and render its wearers undetectable.
For more information about each book, please visit Green Stone of Healing