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.
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