1) If you could start over with your writing career, what if anything would you change? LOL! I'm probably the exception to the rule here, in that I never pursued writing as a career. I did some technical-type stuff, writing handbooks for volunteer organizations and wrote long travelogues for family members when we went on trips, but the idea of actually sitting down and committing one of those fantasies playing out in my head never got beyond a two page attempt. All the mechanics completely turned me off. You know, typing all that punctuation for dialogue. What a pain.
But I fell into the world of Highlander fanfiction (another long story) and writing became a challenge. Besides, I had no more wall space for my other creative outlet, needlepoint. And it's hot in Florida—holding all that wool wasn't a good hobby. I accepted the gauntlet thrown by one of the writers I was beta reading for and decided I really enjoyed writing. I had a LOT to learn.
So, I suppose if I'd started sooner, I'd have more years of the fun I get from the creative process. It's still mind-boggling to think of this as a "career", though. I was working my way DOWN the corporate ladder, trying to get out of working at all. If I think of writing as a career, it kind of spoils the fun. I think of it as something I have to do every day because I love doing it, and if people buy my books and enjoy them, so much the better.
2) What was the best piece of advice you received regarding the life of a writer?
Don't take rejection personally
And, if you're a writer, you'll write, no matter what.
*Butt in Chair, Fingers on Keyboard
3) If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Hard one. I was fascinated with Benjamin Franklin in my grade school days, so maybe it would be interesting to sit and chat for a while. (That's my "intellectual" answer. My down-to-earth answer would be Adrian Paul, who, unbeknownst to him, got me into this writing gig.)
4) If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
Tough to narrow this down to just one. Probably Mr. Spock. He's fascinated me for decades. But then I should change the answer to the previous question to Leonard Nimoy, I suppose. Or maybe this answer should be Duncan MacLeod instead of Mr. Spock. Can you tell making decisions is tough for me!
5) What do you want to be when you grow up?
Do I have to grow up? I've made it this far without having to. As I continue to get older, though, I'd like to keep reading and writing. Give more time to my literacy volunteering
6) In the next century, what do you hope people will remember you for?
In the next century, I'd be glad simply to be remembered! If I could choose the legacy I'd leave behind, I guess it would be to have made the world a happier place for some, giving them a few moments of escape with my characters. And for my future family to look through a photo album (digital, I'm sure) and say, "That was my great-great-great grandmother who wrote those books and helped teach lots of people to learn to read them." Or maybe just thinking of me when they make Pflaumkuchen or Nanaimo Bars from the family recipe collection.
Finding Sarah by Terry Odell
Finding Sarah opens with Sarah the heroine struggling through a bad day, which gets worse when she is robbed at gunpoint at her store. The robbery is the culminations of a series of unfortunated events that seemed to begin with the death of her husband in an auto accident. Sarah is struggling to keep body and soul together and the robbery could be the proverbial last straw.
Enter Randy, the police officer who arrives to take the police report. As she answers his questions, he sees not just a pattern of bad luck, but possibly a pattern of interference in Sarah's life. The more he investigates, the more he is positive that Sarah's problems are being deliberately generated by someone who wants her to fail in business.
Complicating matters is the attraction that Sarah and Randy feel for each other. Sarah is not sure that she's ready for a new man in her life. Randy is still dealing with the loss of his grandmother and is not ready to commit to another person in his life. When events inexorably draw them together, they choose to take that next step.
Though the book started out almost too leisurely for me, it rapidly picked up pace until the story was racing along at full tilt. Events escalated until the perpetrator was revealed--almost too late! If you want an exciting woman-in -jeopardy read, then skip on over to Cerridwen Press and pick up your own copy of Finding Sarah by Terry Odell.
Tomorrow is Kelly's turn at the Saga so make sure you check what she's up to with Grasshopper and Lawrence at http://www.kkirch.blogspot.com/ and then pop over to Amarinda's Place at http://www.amarindajones.blogspot.com/ to read whatever obscure thoughts Amarinda's come up with by then. They're always entertaining and informative. Blessings on your day!