|As an author, I receive many similar questions in
email or facebook, and here is a good place to address them. Saves us both time,
don't you think?
Questions from the ether...
Q. Why do you write in so many genres?
A. I am, first and foremost, a storyteller. To call myself a novelist at
this point is premature. I tell stories, and like any good campfire carrier
of tales, it pays to have a plethora of subject matter. Adding in that I
have a wealth of life experience from which to draw, and an imagination that
stuns even me, the stories just seem to fall in place. I won my first award
as a Cub Scout in an impromptu storytelling competition when I was eleven.
One of those make it up as you go along kind of things. I just never stopped
Q. With the exception of The Janitor, all your leads are powerful
women, or women who become so. Even The Janitor moves over to a strong woman
to share the lead. Why?
A. As Sidney Shelton one said, a quote from a hell of a long time ago,
"I write about women because I like them." Lucky me. But you will notice
many start out lost and confused, and they either find or are given the
right guidance to make them stronger. And, as always, cream rises to the
Q. Every story seems to have several sub plots, which some find
confusing. That has been successfully done by well established authors,
doesn't it create a difficulty in your initial career?
A. Initial? Twenty six years,
53 books. Hmmm, don't think so. My novels are seldom about one person, though they are about one
common theme, be it a struggle to right wrongs, win battles, find treasure,
stay alive, whatever. And those that help in these endeavors often have
significant lives of their own that can be revealed as the story unfolds. One has to build characters sometimes from scratch, but people want to know who they are reading about... even minor players.
More people is often more fun. So is the romance these often incorporate.
One lesson every author needs to learn, early on, is to write for their own
enjoyment, but with a critical eye toward potential sales.
Q. Your books are sometimes huge, compared to the typical starting author.
Some of them push five hundred pages and more. Doesn't this get in the way
of initial publication?
A. What is a typical author? Hmmm. Yes, I have found editors and
publishers afraid to spend the money and take a chance on a crossover author
coming from the non-fiction side of management and hiring issues to fiction
novels. Still,my books are big to make sure the reader is involved, understands the characters, and has time to deal with the four H's. Headache, Heartache, Hope and Happiness play out in all. It often takes time to reveal them all. But, that is why the self publishing and e-book world is so
exciting. The only one taking a risk is me. And the reader will find the
e-books reasonable on Amazon/Kindle, and if they are inclined, the common
paperback books are becoming quickly available through Amazon's website. I believe the huge complex of bookstores, hard copy on the
shelf, will eventually be pushed aside. Too many people are into e-readers,
and such, or print on demand books. This, interestingly enough, saves trees,