How and when did you get started as a writer?
I always knew that I would like to write, but never could spare time to do
it until a few years ago. I decided it is now or never!
In school, when we were asked to write a story, my pen would be flying
across the papers while most others were still day dreaming. You cannot write without revealing much of yourself.
The experiences of our life made us the person we are today.
We look within to figure things out. We listen to
others, we observe, and we learn. It shows in our speech, in our actions, and in our writing.
How do you usually find your ideas?
Ideas for a new story just seem to pop up by themselves. Given the right opportunity
and timing, I jot down ideas, then follow up on them later on. Once I can concentrate on the subject, it flows easily.
Mostly I get ideas when I am alone, often out in nature.
Did you ever get any rejections?
Sure I do.
If yes, how did you react to them?
Rejection deflates me at first... then I get over it and think about
" what's next?"
Tell us about your story. What
was your first one?
My first story was actually a memory of my childhood that I wanted to
record for my children and grandchildren. However, there was so much more to report and say, it kept spreading out as
well as branching out. New Ideas came up, and so it went from there.
What inspired you to write this story?
To write down a part of my families history for my children. They should know
about this, and it will not be forgotten. I was born in East Germany , we had to flee from Communism
with nothing but our clothes. It was a hard time that made me grow up and take responsibility very soon.
How long did it take you to write it?
It did not take very long at all-- it was all bottled up and ready to come
out into the open.
What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?
Finding time to write, and doing everything else that I required of a wife,
mother, grandmother and working woman.
Also, sticking to MY voice. You need to be open to suggestions, but still stay
Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?
It makes it much easier to converse, get to meet others, post a story to see
the reaction it gets, reach editors and also learn to write better.There are many sites that help us in this effort.
What do you advise new writers to do?
Definitely reach out, do not be intimidated and never give up.