1. Tell us about your most recent novel in 25 words or less.
According to Jane is the story of a modern woman who gets dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen.
2. When did you first begin writing?
I wrote songs and poems and little stories in elementary school, but sixth grade was when the notion of writing professionally first occurred to me. But, aside from being on the newspaper and yearbook staff in high school, I didn’t take writing seriously until I was about 30.
3. Where do you find inspiration for your work?
From conversations I overhear, things my friends tell me, funny stuff that happened in my family, incidents I’ve observed out in public, stories I’ve read in books or seen on TV and those endless “what if?” questions writers always ask themselves.
4. What are you working on right now?
A few final revisions on my 2nd novel, which is a modern fairytale about three suburban woman who shake up their lives and their marriages.
5. What are you reading right now?
Some entertaining Austen-inspired fiction: Laurie Viera Rigler’s newest novel Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict and Beth Pattillo’s Jane Austen Ruined My Life.
6. What tips would you offer to aspiring writers?
I’d say the best advice I could offer is to really understand WHY you write. This is a personal thing, of course, and it’s rare that two writers in a room would share the exact same reason, but what’s YOUR draw? Crafting characters? Plotting something dramatic/suspenseful/funny/heartwarming? The possibility of fame, fortune and lengthy book tours? What brings you back to your notebook or your computer screen, even without a contract nudging you? Cherish that…and remember it.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Marilyn!
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