What are some ways that you like to relax?
Working out, walking the dogs, listening to music, reading, watching movies, cooking, travel, planning trips, hanging out with friends, sitting in my hot tub, and an all-time favorite: napping.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
I love the mysteries of Michigan writer Loren D. Estleman. He’s written sixty books, won tons of prizes, but doesn’t have the national name he deserves.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
I had my own radio interview show for a few years on a local college station and interviewed authors of all kinds. The show was pre-recorded and the interviews were by phone, and I often spent time chatting with the author before and after the actual interview. I’d like to meet Salman Rushdie face-to-face, because he was so deeply intelligent and warm over the phone, and profoundly human.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
My newest book is Writers Block is Bunk, advice for writers of all kinds from wannabes to newbies to veterans. I don’t think anybody truly prepares you for the realities of publishing, not agents, not editors, and not even other writers—and certainly not writing teachers.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
English was not my first language.