What is your greatest strength as a writer? Character development by far. I get so inside my characters, that I can not only give them a voice, but actually think as they would. Not only does this make it more fun for the reader, but it prevents me from letting anyone step out of character.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so what do you do about it? Yes, I have. Sometimes it comes as a blank computer screen looking back at you; other times it shows its ugly face as ordinary words that do nothing for the story. I have learned that when it happens, the best thing to do is leave the computer and go for a walk, play with the dog, or have a cup of tea. Usually five minutes after I am away from the computer, I have a clear vision of where the story needs to go.
Spare Change is an Amazon #1 Bestseller in historical fiction, will you write other books in this genre? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I am now working on what will be a sequel to Spare Change. This is a first for me; all of my previously published novels have been stand-alone books. But with Spare Change, so many readers suggested a sequel and I loved the thought because I wasn’t ready to let go of the characters in that book.
Is there a message in this book that you want readers to grasp? Yes, I’d like them to close the book with the understanding that the best thing in your life can sometimes be hidden under a big pile of troubles.
How did you come up with the title? I believe the title of a book is almost always hidden somewhere in the story, in a poignant thought that suddenly takes on a greater than life meaning and becomes the title of the book.
Can you tell us about your main character? Olivia Westerly is the protagonist in Spare Change. She is an independent woman who was ahead of her time in believing she did not want to get married, settle down and raise children. When she finally got married in her fifties, she never dreamed she’d inherit her late husband’s orphaned grandson.
What character from your books do you think you are most like? Probably Olivia. I’m independent, but not so independent that I don’t need love in my life. Also, like Olivia, I’m a little quirky in the way I look at life and tend to see things through my own rose-colored glasses.
If you were not an author, what would you be? Most likely an artist. In college I studied art, so when I write it’s as if I am painting a picture with words rather than colors.
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Genre – Literary Fiction
Rating – PG13