I got discouraged about my writing ability in college. And I was told you can't learn to be better. I call that the Big Lie because later, with the writing bug still biting my neck, I had to try to figure out if it was true or not. It's not. That's one of the reasons I teach writing workshops.
What is the greatest historical novel you’ve ever read and why?
SHOGUN by James Clavell. It took me into a completely foreign world and kept me there.
Where is your favorite place to write? Do you have a designated office space?
I have a home office, but have been known to frequent two branch offices that serve coffee under a round, green sign. It varies for me. Sometimes I like to have a little activity going on around me when I write. Other times, especially deadline time, I'm holed up in my office.
Can you name a novel that has stayed with you, which you couldn’t shake, and that changed you in some way?
Do you have a life verse or a mission statement that guides your writing? If so, will you share it with us?
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?