The book blogger, Katarina Raptis emailed me some questions for her blog and here are my answers:-)
I live in Los Angeles with my boyfriend. I have three sons and he has one. Other than the dog and cats, I’m the only female in the house!
My first novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky will be released in the Fall. The film rights to my manuscript have been sold so my book is being made into a feature length film. I’m still pinching myself over that one! This past year, I signed with a literary agent in New York (the same agent who reps Alec Baldwin). After much thought, I decided to publish my novel with a small indie press. Glass Spider Publishing recently assigned me an editor and we are currently in full editing mode which I’m really enjoying.
Answers to your questionnaire:
- I started writing A Dress the Color of the Sky to help myself heal from a toxic marriage.
- My favorite book to date is Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. For some reason, Angela’s Ashes had a huge impact on me. I do believe that books can have different effects on people depending on where they are in their lives. What resonated with me in the story was the resilience of the human spirit and how we are all stronger than we think or want to believe.
- My favorite book growing up was, A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. My oldest son is a voracious reader and I had him read it hoping he would enjoy it as much as I did. He was like, “Mom this is such a sad book. The kids only friend is a cricket!”
- I can’t say where I was physically when I decided to write, A Dress the Color of the Sky but I do know that I was not in a great place emotionally. The book came to me when I was a single mother, struggling financially and searching for answers. What I discovered was that writing both empowered me and healed me more than I could ever imagine.
- My ideal writing space is at my dining room table which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. I usually sit on a ball when I write. The trouble with working out of my house is that I can’t write until everything is neat and tidy. It’s really annoying!
- For the most part, I am inspired by any writer who is willing to take a risk and write a book. Of course, those who have had great success are quite inspiring to me. I’m especially pleased when a breakout author hits the best seller list. Right now, I’m reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is her first novel and she has knocked it out of the ball park! I truly admire John Grisham. I had the honor of meeting him and sharing a glass of wine in front of a fireplace in the lobby of a hotel. He was kind, well-spoken, a gentleman and very well dressed. The man exuded elegance and class yet he was approachable and engaging. All his success has not gone to his head and I found that to be very inspiring.
- My favorite library is the New York Public Library. It’s just magnificent and a place I could escape for an entire day and never be bored. I am also a huge fan of Rizzoli’s which is the most beautiful bookstore in New York City.