Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in Boston, in a section called Dorchester (if you know Boston, you’ll understand what that means—not the most affluent neighborhood). I went to Boston Public Schools. Now, I’m fortunate enough to spend the summer months on Cape Cod and the winter in Florida. Both places are beautiful in season, and I can write anywhere.
How did you develop your writing?
Someone once said that to be a good writer, you have to write for ten years and a produce a million words. I must be getting close to that. I took classes, read dozens of books on the craft and participated in writer’s groups and conferences. All of these helped. But the most important thing is to read and to write. A lot.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’ve never had a shortage of ideas—at least not so far. Ideas are everywhere as long as you’re open to them. But when you write every day, you’re better able to connect the dots, to fit those ideas into your story.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Getting published is a challenge, especially with today’s fast-changing industry. Marketing is time consuming. But writing well is really hard work.
What marketing works for you?
Book bloggers are great, though they’re inundated with requests today. They’re generally wonderful people who love to read. Once an author earns their respect, they’re a good resource to promote books. Facebook, Twitter and other social networking vehicles are just the megaphone that lets you be heard by more people, as long as you have something interesting to say. But the best form of marketing is to keep writing, to constantly aim to perfect your craft and to produce more books that people will like.
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Genre – Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy
Rating – PG