Thanks so much for your time! You have a varied background that led you to write!
Q: Tell us briefly about your book.
About my writing style – I think of it as easy-going. Others have described it as both humorous and friendly.
Q: What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write? Do you need the noise or the silence?
A: I’m one of those writers who prefers a quiet working environment. I find music to be a distraction. And it isn’t just while writing that I need quiet. I even have trouble reading while a TV or a radio is playing.
Q: I am always amazed when I see others doing several things while reading! If you could live in one of your books, which one would you live in?
A: If I could live in one of my books, I’d live in my recently published memoir, A Lifetime of Small Adventures. And since it’s a memoir, I actually did live in that book. My two earlier books are business books, and while I’m proud of having written them, they’re both descriptive of intellectual adventure, rather than physical and emotional adventure. My business books describe my lessons learned as a business consultant. But my memoir describes my lessons learned while experiencing life’s adventures. Whenever I read a chapter in my memoir, I enjoy re-living the adventure.
Q: How great to live in one of your books! How do you balance out the writer’s life and the rest of life? Do you get up early? Stay up late? Ignore friends and family for certain periods of time?
A: I confess that I’m an undisciplined writer. I don’t really have a set writing schedule. Instead, I catch a few hours here and there. And I’ve drafted quite a number of my ideas and stories in hotel rooms and on airplanes. Inspiration, at times, strikes me at some very odd moments – like when riding my bicycle or paddling my kayak. I then play with the idea in my head for a while. At my first opportunity, I sketch the idea on paper, and later draft the idea at my computer.
Q: When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?
A: While growing up, my favorite author was Mark Twain. I was especially enamored with his book, Roughing It. For in that book especially, his dry sense of humor was at its peak. Twain had a talent for telling a story which initially seemed true. Then, as the story progressed, he’d depart from reality and, before too long, I’d realize that the story was simply too fantastic to be real. But exactly where in his story Twain moved from truth to fiction was impossible to know.
A: When they write my obituary, I’d like them to say that I was an adventurer throughout my lifetime and that I had a talent for relating my stories with both humor and insight.
Q: Where you have lived and what you have experienced can influence your writing in many ways. Even with your book being a memoir, are there any special locations or experiences that have popped up in your books?
A: Part Three in my memoir, A Lifetime of Small Adventures, is entitled “Two Special Places.” There, I tell of
Q: What is your writing space like? Do you have a designated space? What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting? Typing? Handwriting?
A: I work on a laptop computer both in my office and while traveling. A spare bedroom in our home serves as my office. There are lots of windows for ventilation and window shades to adjust light levels and reduce glare. The only sound I hear comes from the birds at the bird feeders outside my window.
Q: Is there any particular book that, when you read it, you thought, "I wish I had written that!"?
A: I found Michael Crichton’s memoir, Travels, to be fascinating. Not only were his stories of adventure exciting, also his writing was so very reader-friendly.
Q: It’s one thing to write a book and another to edit it. How do you feel about the editing process? What was it like to edit your book?
A: I know that many authors dislike the editing process, but I actually enjoy it. For me, it’s fun to watch my work improve with each editing step.
I print my draft double-spaced, then read it slowly – sometimes aloud – while editing with a red pencil. Then I return to the computer making corrections on disk and, in the best of cases, this one edit does the trick. Far more often however, I’ll repeat this process – double-spaced hard copy, red pencil, edit on disk – two or three more times.
I’ve recently completed writing my third book, a memoir entitled, A Lifetime of Small Adventures. When asked to describe the book, I simply refer to the subtitle, Stories of Adventure, Misadventure, and Lessons Learned Along the Way.
I live in Sisters,