One of the things I like most about Halloween is ghost stories and Northern Nevada has some chilling stories! Most people associate ghosts with old houses or graveyards. Apparently ghosts can reside anywhere there are strong feelings or intense memories. I'm thrilled to be at Brenda Whiteside's blog today chatting about a sighting not far from my current office.
Wishing all of you a Happy Halloween! Hope to see you there!
What inspired you to
become a writer? I’ve always loved the written word and have been an avid
reader for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I thought I would be an
English teacher or writer. However, for the longest time, my life seemed to
take me in a different direction. I married, moved, and took the opportunities
that came to me. That eventually led to my being a financial advisor for a
number of years. A couple of days before my 36th birthday, I woke
up and found myself staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m. How had I gotten myself to
this place where I was doing exactly opposite of what my interests or strengths
were? How could I change my course so that I didn’t end up a sixty-year old
regretting my life? I went to my husband and told him how I was feeling and
what I was thinking and – to his credit – he didn’t laugh me out of the room.
Instead, we came up with a plan, including a number of measurable goals to hit
in the next year. After a year of working towards those goals, whic…
What inspired you to
become a writer?
I’ve always been somewhat of a writer, whether by writing
poems and short stories, filling a journal, or torturing teachers who chose
essay questions. But about ten or so years ago, I spent a little time
soul-searching and decided I wanted to pursue writing more seriously. I wanted
to write novels. I began taking writing classes and eventually I started
writing more than flash fiction and short stories. I discovered my characters
had a lot to say when I began writing novel length fiction. Who are your favorite
romance characters (besides your own)?
My favorite romance characters are old school. Romeo and
Juliet (I think I was one of the only kids in the eighth grade excited about
the assignment) and Rhett and Scarlett. Tell me what inspired
The usual question I hear (like most authors) is, “Where do
you get your ideas?” My answer is often, everywhere
since it’s a challenge to explain how a story brews in my brain and the
Winner of the 2017 Contemporary
Romance Award from Books & Benches! "This story is so beautifully
written that you can't help but become obsessed with it, especially the parts
of the old journal. A story within a story, two fabulous endings, and
characters that you will fall in love with." ~ The Artful Reader
"This book is about love and growth, tears and happiness and healing. I
was so deeply affected and moved by this story, I had my own laughter and
tears." ~ Amazon reviewer Everyone in Kathleen's life thinks she's
crazy when she decides to spend her well-earned summer working in a tiny, dusty
attic sorting through old church papers, but the peace and quiet of working
alone is exactly what she wants.
She's back home again and happy, or as happy as
anyone who's left behind a troubled past can be. She has amazing coworkers, a
wonderful best friend, a supportive family, and not one single person in her
life who knows what she's been thr…