Why did you become a writer?
I thought for a long time that I began writing with my first television assignment on “Little House On The Prairie.” Over the years, though, I have come to the realization that I began writing as a child. That I have always written stories even when I thought I was on my way to becoming something else. And last year, after my father’s death, I realized that my entire life I have translating my life into stories to tell him. So I would have to say, there is no “why” about my writing. I love to tell stories. I became a writer because, as it turns out, I am a writer.
What are you writing now?
I’m working on a novel and a screenplay. You can read more about the novel on my website.
Where did you go to school?
Next to writing, going to school is my favorite activity. I was enrolled in three different Universities before I finally received my Bachelor of Science Degree (Auburn University,Alabama, Utah State University, and the University of Oregon.) I took post baccalaureate classes at California State University, Northridge. I received my MFA degree from Bennington College in Vermont. And this past summer, I enrolled in a Certificate program at the University of California, Riverside in Crime Scene Investigation.
When do you write?
I once admitted to someone that I like to write in the middle of the night because I can hear the voices better, then. The expression on her face made me realize that telling people you hear voices may not be the best thing to do! Although it creates some havoc in my regular daytime life, I do find night time is the best time for me to write.
What books do you like to read?
I love fiction. I love biography. I love nonfiction. The writers I have most admired in the mystery genre over the years have been Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Robert Parker (who was also a friend of mine), Jim Thompson, James L. Cain and the most recent addition to my list: Sophie Hannah.