Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I published the print edition of my debut novel on June 1, 2017 after working on it for 24 years. OK, I wasn't working diligently all those years.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Compromise With Sin. The title comes from a piece that Helen Keller wrote for The Ladies' Home Journal in 1909: "They enslave their children's children who make compromise with sin." She actually borrowed the words from a poem by James Russell Lowell.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Do I skip meals and squirt Cheez-Whiz in my mouth as I write? No.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many influences. I especially like novels that humanize a social issue. I'm thinking of The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, or To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
What are you working on now?
I've begun the first two books in a trilogy of novellas. They're a spin-off of Compromise With Sin. The first is set in Santa Fe where Irina Taylor, a character in Compromise, goes to work as a nurse in a tuberculosis sanitorium.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don't know yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Nourish your soul. Write the book you want to read, not the one you think will be a blockbuster.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Use your brain. Don't try to write and edit at the same time. As soon as you turn on "the editor," you disrupt the creative flow.
What are you reading now?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep going on my trilogy.
What is your favorite book of all time?
One you've never heard of. Back to the Top of the World, by Hans Ruesch. Published in 1973, it's about Eskimos confronted with radical change in their arctic circle environment. I must read it again.
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