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I write family dramas with real medical issues and tend to juggle projects. Right now, I've got one complete but unrevised novel on my desk, Perfect Match, the story of 14-year-old Jamie Diana who meets the father she never knew for the first time when he comes looking for a bone marrow donor for his daughter who has leukemia. I started the project in 2004 and it's been waiting for its chance at publication for years. Now that I've had success with indie publishing it may make it. I plan to launch it sometime in early 2015.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write literary fiction that overlaps into woman's fiction. I bring years of experience as a nurse and certified case manager to my work. I write clean fiction, no overt sexuality, violence, or objectionable language.
3) Why do I write what I do?
My experience as a nurse has given me the privilege of hearing hundreds of stories, both happy and sad, most of them true. I feel I've been entrusted to tell these stories, which relate to the human experience, and to share them with others to add richness to their lives and to broaden their outlook on life.
4) How does my writing process work?
My writing process is complicated by the fact that I have some long-standing repetitive strain injuries that make it difficult for me to use a computer or write for long periods of time. My process starts with an idea that germinates in my mind for many weeks or months, putting together plot lines, subplots, characterization, setting, and the drama. I may do some research for some of the more driving points, but prefer to write the first draft of the story without spending much time on research, allowing the story to unfold and to let me know what research I must do to complete it. Because of my repetitive strain injuries, I must be sure not to waste any time on story lines, scenes, or other elements that don't serve to complete the story and may end up being deleted. I put a lot of effort into making my first draft as close to finished as possible because I don't have the luxury of being able to write and rewrite endlessly, quite frustrating for a perfectionist.
May 28, 2014
The lovely Caroline McMahon has joined me on the blog tour. Caroline and I met in a most unusual way. I track my novel via Google to see where word of it appears on the internet. One day I received a Google Alert about a book called "Blue Hydrangeas." Thinking this was a notice about my book, I followed the link and it brought me to another book called "Blue Hydrangeas." Strange coincidence, right? Not the most common of titles, especially for a book not about the care and cultivation of blue hydrangeas. What was most astonishing is that Caroline is also a nurse, a Registered Midwife from Perth, Western Australia .I contacted her and our friendship was born. Her book - Blue Hydrangeas - A Midwife's Memoirs - is a reflection of her early Midwifery career, learning not only about how to become a Midwife, but about herself and those around her. When she's not busy running her own company, Caroline's Angels - Baby Sleep Specialists, she enjoys blogging about the joy her family and friends bring her, as well as interesting things she learns along the way, on her website www.mumorablemoments.com