Nevertheless, we refuse to board up downtown and watch it fade away. This splendid new highway will work with—not against—our plans for downtown.”
I swallowed hard at the word plans, not sure that we actually had any.”
What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?
I also have a great time with my free weekly podcast on iTunes, offering tips on how to hurry less and worry less.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
After four years as a novelist, I’m still trying to organize a typical writing day. I’m a morning person and start most days writing in my journal. Then I shift to fiction, using a kitchen timer to help me stay focused and to keep me from drifting to Facebook and other lovely distractions. I believe that great writers have a consistent writing routine, and I’m trying to build that discipline into my daily life.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
I wander through flea markets looking for primitive antiques; read in the porch swing; and walk in North Louisiana parks.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
I think Ariel Allison is a writer to keep an eye out for. Her debut novel, eye of the god, about the Hope Diamond, was an excellent book that I thought would draw more attention than it did. She’s working on her second novel now.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
Sue Monk Kidd. She’s a great writer, and I especially loved The Secret Life of Bees. She seems like a wise, sincere, fun person, and I’d like to have coffee with her and talk about her writing process.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
In addition to Downtown Green, I’m launching the nonfiction Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms, part of my Hurry Less Worry Less series.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I was the state champion typist in high school, have been piranha fishing on the Amazon River and once had lunch at the White House with Nancy Reagan.