Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I chose to get a doctorate in clinical psychology because I find depth of study beyond the ordinary to be of special interest. That means a focus on ourselves and our society. Life should never be a closed book and the world is full of potential even when we are in crisis. My desire to explore led me to write these books about mermaids and how they represented the empowerment of women as crisis was exploding. While mermaids are a myth, the rest of it may be seen as fantasy but in fact represents what is happening in our world now.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think the most unusual thing is that I talk to my characters. Part of the reason I do is that they often show up demanding attention and inclusion. As a psychologist I understand what is happening. They represent parts of me and what I adore. So, of course I talk to them and it enhances the work.
What authors have influenced you?
I can't focus on a limited list. How we are and what we write comes from a multitude of sources.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writer/Psychologist here. Be yourself. You have a life experience and a multiple layer personality. Go in and see what you find, not what you think other people may think you should be doing. There is an awful lot inside of everyone and releasing in a creative endeavor is personally and collectively fulfilling.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
As a writer be yourself. To me that means choosing a genre related to who you are. Trying to seize on a genre which is not a reflection of at least some component in yourself is a mistake. We do better when we let ourselves explode.
What are you reading now?
Things go in fits and starts depending upon what is going on in my life. So there is a multitude of things.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I get so intrigued by possibilities that I can often be diverted from the task at hand. So, I have to pull myself back to focus.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Collected Works of Carl Jung: Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
As I said I like to explore and Jung opens the depths of our unconscious which feeds into the great events and movements of history. What is inside us is fascinating and offers us generous stimulation for our writing.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
My desire to search for possibilities is crucial. Such a search opens story line inspiration and directs a writing style.
What are you working on now?
I'm deep into the third book of the Gaia's Majesty Trilogy. Now everything is coming to the culmination and it is challenging. Since mermaids are important in the story I refer to its development as coming along "swimmingly".
What is your method for promoting your work?
I'll take diverse opportunities as I find them.
What’s next for you as a writer?
First I have to finish the trilogy and then I'll see what happens. I'm sensing a whole new story line growing out of Book 3.
How well do you work under pressure?
I don't like it. If there is pressure then it disrupts the effective writing of the story. So I will lay things aside and come back later if necessary.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
Simply put-the tone that fits. Some think my dialogue may be a little stilted but these people come from a very different world and a somewhat loftier tone suits them better to convey impact and meaning.
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