What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I read all the time as a child and as a teenager. I was sick a lot as a kid so lived vicariously through the adventures of characters in books. I come from a family of readers, so itís not a streatch that I became a writer
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Nonfiction, itís all I read. http://werkinggerl.wordpress.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I usually just roll onto my computer. Thereís no big ritual. I get a cup of coffee. Or water. Those are my only two drinks and I need something to drink while I write
What type of reading inspires you to write?
News. Political stuff I read on Facebook and elsewhere. Bad arguments, even worse politics.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Well, in J-School we all learned the who, what, where, when formula, but of course there is poetic license. Suspense and innovation are the two ingredients I would say move a story forward and keep readers engaged.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Being honest, raw, real. I speak from my own experience and the experience of others.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No. Iím no orator, which is why Iím a writer:)
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Myself. Often to vent, sometimes as catharsis.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes, very often I am trying to work out intricacies of a specific issue or topic, trying to articulate it better, both to myself and my readers.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes, my co-consiritor on the werkinggerl blog. Other writing, my sister always gets to see a draft
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
My voice was never lost, only silenced temporarily.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Music. Pencils and paper for notes, either that I have already taken or to quickly jot something so I donít forget. Inspirational quotes from other writers. Visually pleasing images.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
When at home, I always use a computer. I donít usually carry it with me in NYC, where I live. Then itís a notebook and pen or pencil.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Commercial publishers suck, they are afraid to try to new things. They underestimate readers and think the same olí boring formula will work every time. And, it actually does. But, I truly believe readers yearn for the new, the surprising, the devastating, the unique, the quirky, not just the same formulaic story.
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