Interview Me

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What is your favorite book to read when you need an escape?

I own a fair number of books, but most of my reading material comes from the public library. A book that I check out more than any others is East by Edith Pattou. It's the retelling of the fable East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I love it! It's beautiful and moving. It shows us that love can be strong enough to make miracles (like help us find a place that doesn't exist). There are quite a few books that I really enjoy, but if I had to pick one, that would be it.

Who was your favorite author when you were a teenager?

I didn't have a favorite author as a teenager. I didn't really love to read that much, I don't think. I had a favorite subject though. I loved to read anything about King Aurthur. The Mists of Avalon series, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, was a favorite, as well as The Once and Future King by T. H. White.

How do you write? Do you outline? When? etc.

Most of my books begin with a dream. A scene or an idea will come from a dream. It's then my job to find the rest of the story.

I don't outline. A lot of authors do, and I think it would probably get me out of scrapes if I did. I usually have a beginning and an ending. After that, I let the characters tell their side of the story. It's amazing how much they have to say.

I usually participate in Every November I crunch out a novel; it then takes me the rest of the year to get it into decent shape. My one-year-old is very good at entertaining himself while I work. The cute thing is his favorite pass-time is to empty his bookshelf by reading his books one at a time

What is your favorite recipe?

I love to cook, so I have quite a few favorite recipes. These are my favorite dinner recipes, and, for some reason, they're all chicken.

Greek Chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sticky Chicken