INTERVIEW WITH A WRITER
How and when did you get started as a writer?
I was an pigtail-wearing eleven-year-old kid with big dreams. I got sidetracked for a while. It only took 22 years
to get back to it. A mom friend of mine had published three books. I was so inspired that I dusted off my dream and got to
My hair’s too short to wear pigtails now, but some days I feel just like that kid from long ago.
How do you usually find your ideas?
My children are my muses, simply because they are so close to the universal truths of life. Without the trappings of
the adult world, they allow themselves to explore things wholeheartedly and without judgement. I take courage from them every
Did you ever get any rejections? Heck YES!
If yes, how did you react to them?
When I read a “no,” I actually read “next”. It isn’t about me (or my bad breath which,
thankfully, doesn’t transfer via e-mail or phone!). They have other needs than I can give them with what I have presented
to them. On a few occasions, editors have invited me into their offices to tell me what they truly want. I find that encouraging.
It means they think my writing is worthy of their time. They want it, but they want it their way. I have tremendous respect
Tell us about your books. What was your first one?
“Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff” was my first book. It told my tale of a career woman
turned housewife and what happened in the aftermath of that decision. The sequel, “S.A.H.M. I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home
Mom in Europe” talks about what happens once we get to Germany (where “Diary of a Mother”
ends). I have also written a novel, “American Housewife Abroad”. It is fiction, honest!
What inspired you to write this book?
When you go from working to staying home full-time, there is a major transition people go through. “Diary of
a Mother” was truly a diary of sorts. It was cathartic to get out my feelings and to even receive acknowledgment from
people who read it online. It was in that moment that I realized others are going through the same thing. What would it be
like if I were to help other people, thereby helping myself in the process? “Diary of a Mother” opened up a whole
new world. I know coach people on all levels of their lives, as a teacher, a consultant and a friend. It is very gratifying.
How long did it take you to write it?
Let’s see..my husband lost his job during the writing process. So I took off six months. Then we moved to Germany within six weeks of deciding to take the new job near Munich. All told it took 18 months. In the end, it was a positive thing because my favorite
chapter, “Getting to D”, talks about our move to Europe and how out of the unexpected
we can find “home” no matter where we are. It is one of the strongest stories in the whole collection.
What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?
Living abroad as an author can have its challenges. There are few TV stations willing to fly you over for a quick interview.
I have found the Internet to be my saving grace and have used it effectively in promoting my work. Necessity is the mother
of all inventions. I’ve simply gotten creative!
Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?
Yes, see above!
What do you advise new writers to do?
I call it the 3 P’s of writing: patience, perseverance, and Providence.
If you keep at your craft, take delight in the downfalls as well as the triumphs, understand that you have a gift which you
must share with the world, and that everything that happens in your life comes from a divine source, you will be happiest
writer alive. “Rejection” is such a negative term. Accepting your own abilities and working towards improving
them for the betterment for all are two powerful ways to keep moving forward. You will be surprised at what happens in your
life when you operate from that secret place inside that only you know!