- What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
This isn't very intellectual, but the first thing I do is to stand beside the computer hutch and do some exercises to loosen my back muscles my physical therapist taught me. Since I often lose myself in what I'm writing, I'll sit longer than I should, an irritation to my back. Then, I sit down to work, reading the last chapter I finished to bring me up to speed.
- What type of reading inspires you to write?
I get ideas from The New Yorker, the Atlantic, and a diverse list of novels our book club selects. I read several newspapers, thanks to the internet. Stories are all around us, inviting fictionalization. (Nice word, eh?)