Where do you do your writing? And where would your ideal location be? I write in two places: my office in my Victorian-style home in DeKalb, Illinois, and at the kitchen table of my getaway condo in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. If I won the Lottery, I’d buy a castle in Ireland or Scotland and write there. I guess I prefer to be surrounded by old things when I compose. For editing, I need a newer place without clutter or distractions.
Who if anyone inspired/encouraged you to write? My mother was an early cheerleader. I was a teenager when I started and really had no idea what I was doing. My stories were disorganized, heavy on exposition, filled with spelling errors, and mostly boring. It took years for me to figure out how to tell a story with a proper beginning, middle and end. Then it took several more years to work up the courage to break the rules I learned, and try to advance the craft.
How many books do you currently have on your to be read pile? Half-a-dozen right now but I need more. As editor of NPR/WNIJ’s “Read With Me” book series, I’m constantly reading and looking for authors to interview.
How do you prioritize what to read next? Well, the “Read With Me” series will soon transition from a seasonal to a monthly one. So I’ll read whatever is topical, whatever I think my listeners will be interested in.