What’s the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I ever wrote (as a serious writer) was a short story called “Impossible”. Basically, it revolves around a young journalist who nabs the “story of the year” – an interview with a rich, old woman who has donated a great deal of money to charity and holds a yearly private fundraising event. What the journalist thinks is her big break into fame by getting to do such an elite interview actually turns out quite differently than expected.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
My answer would probably change depending on my mood and circumstances. But, as of this writing, I would have to go with either Michael Scott from The Office (because it would be hilarious) or Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad (because it would be fascinating).
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Well, I hate spiders, so there’s that. But for a more “in-depth” answer, I would say being financially destitute; not being able to pay bills. Years ago, when I was in a boyfriend’s apartment, there was a knock on the door at about 10pm. He told me to hide in the back room, which I did, but peered out from a crack in the door. It was a bill collector. Whether they were actually from a real company or not, I never found out. What I did learn was that this guy owed somebody money…and they were coming to get it. That left a very strong impression on me – over 30 years later.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Favorite villain would have to be Antonio Salieri from the movie Amadeus. I don’t really know if he would qualify as either a villain or hero, but he was such a strong and vibrant character, I would be hard pressed to think of another movie that, for me, was so riveting. My favorite “hero” would have to be Ben from The Graduate. Not only is it my favorite movie of all time, but I really felt a connection to the character – not knowing what to do, getting into uncomfortable situations…Yes. It really spoke to me.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
This one is easy. Finding quiet time. That’s probably the standard answer for most writers who don’t do it for a living, but it’s true. Between working a full-time job, doing the normal day-to-day stuff, and spending time with a significant other, it can be difficult to carve out a chunk of uninterrupted time for writing.
What are you working on now?
I am working on my second novel, Track Nine. It’s a suspense/horror story about a couple returning from their honeymoon in Germany, but end up getting trapped in a haunted train station. What culminates for these people and their friends waiting at home over the next 12-15 hours will run the gamut between emotional, physical and mental boundaries. It’s going to be a wild, unforgettable ride.