Tell us a bit about your family. I am born and bred in the wilds of Northern California, which is to say my parents were good old-fashioned hippies with a flair for the New Age, and I learned to “speak” that language and pursue holistic paths and esoteric spirituality, which most definitely factors into my writing. My own little family consists of my psychologist husband of 17 years (yes, we were 12 when we met, wink), our superhero-loving four year old son and one little Tuxedo cat, “Elvert.” Yes, our son named him, but it also doubles as his “Middle Earth” name.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? Self-motivation. It’s taken me a long way through all my pursuits, from being the kid who got herself up and dressed without any help in the mornings, to starting my own business and running it for over a decade, to sticking with the challenges of writing and publishing, which are myriad.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I have what I call “empathy in the extreme”…a tendency to care a little too much about other people’s problems in a way my darling husband might call co-dependent.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? “We must let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
As a control freak, I am always seeking to move into that soft center of trusting and having faith; the single most astonishing lesson I have learned over and over is that staying open and listening to intuitions/signs/messages is a much more profound way to live than with a tight clutch on the reins. You get surprised more often, have more fun.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I am most proud of having started and maintained a successful writing/editing business, and living the creative life I love by the age of 30.
What is your favorite color? Turquoise
What is your favorite food? Much too much of a pleasure seeker to have only one favorite food. A big fan of comfort food-y pasta and grain dishes, and I really am freakishly a fan of vegetables. I’m gluten-free by necessity so there are things I MISS, like sourdough bread.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Again, no single favorite. I live in the best of all worlds, California. Ocean, snow, mountains, meadow, redwoods and more in just a few hours drive.
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Genre – Psychological Suspense
Rating – R