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    1)  How and when did you get started as a writer?

 

 It was 1982 when I attended California College of Law and I was making lousy grades in legal writing.  The professor told me that I did not stick to the facts of the case.  I explained that I was getting very high grades in other subjects, but in her class I saw things, not in black and white as she did, but in grey.  I quit and wrote 

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS.  Since then I have written: FORBIDDEN PASSION, HUSBAND HUNTING, MURDER BY ROSES, and I am now writing MOONLIGHT MELODY.

 

All are romantic adventures set in foreign countries.  

 

2)  How do you usually find your ideas?

 

They just pop into my head, while I am riding my bike, sleeping, swimming in the pool, or on a train.  I am never at a loss for an idea and I don't get writer's block.

 

3)  Tell us about your books.  What was the first one?

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, is about a woman who has a bet with her father who pays for her trip around the world to find a husband. She has an affair with different men in various countries and in doing so discovers her own weaknesses.  She returns without a husband and having to repay thousands to her father.  

 

 FORBIDDEN PASSION, is about a woman married to a pilot who visits her priest when family issues flare up and she falls madly in love with him, but he agonizes on whether to leave the Church and marry her.  Her husband discovers the affair and threatens to kill him.  She pleads with him to sue him instead; after a barrage of publicity the case is settled to her satisfaction but now she is lonelier than ever.

 

 HUSBAND HUNTING is the paper back of Foreign Affairs which was brought up to date with a few changes.

 

 MURDER BY ROSES, describes the killing of a Cuban woman who wanted half her British husband's fortune in Palm Beach.  She is murdered during a hurricane and the police seek her husband. 

 

MOONLIGHT MELODY, talks about a rich New York journalist who travels to Chile to cover a neo-Nazi group only to find more adventure than she bargains for, in returning to New York she discovers the secret identity of the man who rescued her in the junges of South America.  Disenchanted with him she goes on vacation to Europe only to start a new romance with a famous conductor.  

 

4) What inspired you to write the books?

 

As a child I was always telling stories. I had a wild imagination and people used to enjoy listening to me act out the parts.  When my girl friend threatened to write a book about me, I told her she did not know enough about me to do so, and I sat down to write, Foreign Affairs.

 

5)  What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?

 

Obviously the rejections by the traditional publishers in a very tight market; not wanting to wait I self-published all of them, and now of course, the marketing is the biggest challenge.

 

6)  Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?

 

Yes, it has.  It has also been good to me.  Through it and the other links I am meeting very interesting and pleasant artists and we all have something in common.

 

7)  What do you advise new writers to do?

 

Polish your novel, make sure your research is extremely accurate, persevere, and do not give up, even if it takes you several years.  Also, read a lot.

 

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