Jean Daniel – What are your favorite things that you make for Thanksgiving?
I really do love all the traditional things such as turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. I guess my favorite side dish is a broccoli casserole that has a cheesy sauce and sliced almonds in it.
Jayme Maness – When you’re writing a book, do you have other characters from a different series or maybe a new book try to distract you from what you’re currently working on?
Sometimes. I have several new series that I work on in my spare time that I am trying to find a spot for in my annual publishing schedule. These stories are mostly waiting in the wings but every now and then I’ll have the urge to work on them. Whether I give into that urge or not depends on whether or not I have time or am on a tight deadline.
Donamae Clausen Kutska – What is your favorite spot to write your books?
It depends on the season. If it is summer but not too hot I enjoy writing at the beach or on the back deck. If it is winter I prefer to be upstairs near the fire. If I am on a tight deadline and don’t want any distractions I write in my office, which really does have a beautiful view.
Sandy Swanger Bartles – Describe your typical day of writing. The process you go through.
Most of the time I start off by rereading what I have already written in order to refresh my brain as to where I left off. Once I do that I simply hop on the train and see where the story and the characters take me. Some days I have a specific word goal in mind which determines how long I write. Other times I simply write until I feel like I am at a good stopping point for the day.
Brenda Logan – Tahoe is gorgeous … how are you able to write? I’d be looking out the windows all the time!
I actually do look out the window all the time. I’ve lived here most of my life and I still find it breathtaking.
Sharon Guagliardo – I know you are so very busy with writing and speaking and showing. I am wondering how you prepare for Thanksgiving. Do you make lists? Do you cook? Do you go out? If you cook, are you thinking about characters, books, outlines? Have you ever been sidetracked from cooking by your books? Do you have a funny story about that?
I have a large family and we used to all get together for Thanksgiving every year. If you use my parents as the base they have four children all married so that makes ten. Each of those children have children for a total of 11 for that generation and an overall total of 21. Most of the grandchildren are married adding 8 more to the table, and all of the married grandchildren have children adding 23, for a grand total of 52. Due to the large number of immediate family we began breaking down into smaller groups a few years ago. I have hosted the event on many occasions but most of the time I go down to my sisters for dinner as I am the only one to live in Tahoe so it is a long drive for everyone to come to me.
Nina Banks – Have you never had writers block and what did you do to combat it??
I don’t like to consider the reality of writers block since I really don’t have time to spend any amount of time not writing. If I come to a spot in a story where I don’t know where to go next I usually take a short break like a walk and then get back to it.
Jan Flynn – Off of the writing topic type questions… What made you decide to move where you live now? What type of dog/cat breeds do you like? I am just being nosey. lol
I moved to Tahoe with my family when I was a teenager because my dad got a job here. My parents and all of my siblings have since moved off the mountain and live in Reno which is about 60 miles away. I however love, love, love, Tahoe and will probably stay here until they put me in the ground. As far as dog breeds. I like to have a large dog since I live in daily existence with predators. I used to breed Golden Retrievers which I love, but the last three dogs I’ve had have been Bernese Mountain Dogs. I don’t have a cat due to the predator issue but if I did have one I’d love to have a great big Maine Coon Cat.
Robin Coxon – How far in advance do you have to plan ahead when you are writing a book that takes place around a certain holiday?
As a whole I usually write a book 2 – 3 months prior to publication. That gives me adequate time to have it edited and uploaded for presale.
Sandy Giden – What do you do when you get stuck while writing a story?
I either take a short break like a walk and then get back to it or I just keep typing until something begins to make sense. I then go back and delete all the gibberish.
Rhonda J Gothier – What would be your dream job if not an author?
I’d love to be a meteorologist. Not the kind who sits behind a desk but the kind who goes on location like Jim Cantore.
Kim Templeton – If you could have lunch with any author past or present who would it be and why?
Wow, I really have no answer for this. I don’t have a favorite author or favorite book. I am really intrigued by Joss Whedon so I guess I will say him.
Sharon Braswell – Do you celebrate every time you finish a book?
No. I write a book every 3 weeks so I’d be celebrating all the time. I do celebrate the bigger things like getting a new contract or having my book in a national magazine.
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