Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hugs, Duffy 

What do you do when you’re not writing?

For me it’s family first and with four kids and four grandkids there is a lot of family! Also I love to hike and bike and try new recipes. Are you one who watches the British Baking shows? I sure am. Then I try and cook something new and it never turns out like those master bakers. LOL Keeping new and fresh is important to keeping my ideas new and fresh.

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing about thirty-five years. I started out in romance then switched to mystery. I should have been writing mystery all along. I just love whodunits! But not the ones with body parts flying. I love humor so give me some Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew books.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Not giving up. I don’t think it’s one specific moment but the love of wanting to tell stories and make people laugh at live and the thing that happen to us. I cannot imagine not writing. Writers write.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why? 

I write at my desk at home. I’m one of those who cannot write anywhere else. I need my little corner of the world where I can shut out the rest of the world and just concentrate on my story and the characters. To tell you the truth when I write I’m not here in Cincy but in the place where my books are set. I’m totally in the story.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Clean this house. Lordy! If there is one thing that suffers in my career it’s the house.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Maybe New Orleans. I think a mystery series set in New Orleans would be a blast. Love the old world charm and the water and the diversity and the history. I need to do this.

Your present book, Tandem Demise, how did you publish it?

Tandem is my first indy published book with Amazon and I’m loving it! I esp love that it doesn’t take a year to get a book to my readers, that I can set the price and that I can do my own cover. Having control over my work is amazing.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I love Mackinac Island! I took my daughter there to do research. She’s from NYC and Mackinac is so so different and a huge adjustment. So, Evie Bloomfield was born…a designer from Chicago who comes to Mackinac and is completely out of her element
You bet! Tandem Demise is set on Mackinac Island.

Why was writing Tandem Demise so important to you?

My main characters are not perfect. They’ve made mistakes, been in bad relationships, failed at marriages and jobs, BUT they always bounce back. And they put family above all else. I think that’s what most people are like and what is real. Also I like to have my characters change and grow from their mistakes. I don’t want them to be the same book after book. In my Cycle Path series Evie owns a bike shop and she can’t ride a bike…but she’s learning. The learning part is so important to all characters.  

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Everywhere. I can be talking to someone and think…That’s going in a book! Everyone has a story, a really great story and I get my ideas from the life they’ve led. I want my books to be real, to be things we all do and think about and I want them to be humorous. Laughter is a big part of life and helps us deal with the things that come our way.

Any final words? 

I would like to tell my readers…
Thank YOU! Meeting and chatting with readers is the very best part of writing. I’ve met so many wonderful people along my journey as a writer. I’ve truly been blessed.

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