How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember. In first grade, I wrote a story called “The Math Path,” about a rabbit and some other animals going along a road and solving math equations written on the pavement. My teacher called my parents in to tell them how good it was. Looking back, the story doesn’t seem all that great, but that incident gave me great confidence in my writing and a lifelong appreciation of how teachers can affect young lives with positive words.
Describe your writing process.
I usually work in the morning/early afternoon. I begin by making coffee, the nectar of the gods. Before I get down to writing, I usually read for a while, either news, fiction, a short story, poetry or the Bible. After that, I’ll write for two or three hours, if I’m lucky and I don’t get caught up in the outside world.
What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?
I’ll be reading part of my novel, It’s Your Fault, but Please Forgive Me, which looks deeply into the challenges and rewards of forgiveness.
What are you working on now?
I’m almost finished with my novel and hope to send it off to agents soon. I recently had an essay published in Bark Magazine. I’ve had other essays, poems, and short stories published in the past, and plan to continue to submit to magazines and literary journals.