SLP: Secrets is a Mystery/Thriller set in California's Silicon Valley. Secrets will appeal to any fiction reader who likes a strong female lead and a fast pace. When I read I skim a lot of the descriptive stuff so, when I write, I leave a lot of that out and focus on the story and the characters.
SLP: I enjoy the freedom the most. I choose what to write, where the story goes, everything.
TAS: What aspects of being an author do you least enjoy?
SLP: Strangely, the freedom is what I like the least also. There is no one standing over my shoulder saying "Great Job" or stopping me from going down the wrong plot path. I have to figure that out myself.
TAS: What moment as an author have you experienced that you are likely to remember 20 years from now (good or bad)?
SLP: The moment I will absolutely remember forever is the first reviewer who read my short story book and told me I was her new Indie favorite. The stories are rather gritty, not really for everyone, but she 'got me'. That gave me the confidence to keep going.
SLP: My bad habit for writing is making excuses why I'm too busy to do it. It's just fear and I know that. For promoting, hmmm, that's a tough one. I'm not a very social person but I find promoting fun because it lets me be social in a way I can't in 'real life'.
SLP: Right now my proudest moment is finishing my second book (not released yet). The story was incredibly challenging are there were times I just wanted to give up. But for once in my life I didn't just quit when it got hard.
SLP: My least favorite genre is fantasy. Which isn't to say I haven't read it. I have, but I could never write a fantasy book. I just don't have enough imagination for it. You would think it would be easier because you can create whatever you need for the story but I just don't have that ability.
TAS: Have you ever written something that made you cringe to imagine your children/parents/significant other reading it? If so, tell us more.
SLP: I'm laughing to myself right now. The answer is no but the reason is because I don't even get as far as writing the scene (in my case a sex scene). The cringe factor stops me. Oddly enough, my family reading a gruesome murder scene I have written doesn't bother me.
SLP: I would ask Laura Ingalls Wilder what her life was like after she married Almanzo? Was she happy? The tone of all her books up to getting married were so happy. But The First Four Years seemed so sad. It makes me wonder what happened.
TAS: Is the World a better or worse place in 2011 than it was in 1970 and why do you answer the way you do?
SLP: I would say it is neither better nor worse. I believe every generation has their version of the best and worst. In the 70's there were wars, political battles, etc. just like now. I think the problem today is everything is broadcast the second it happens so it seems like things are worse.
TAS: What city that you've visited has the most interesting food? Tell us more.
SLP: Easiest question on here! Chongqing China. My husband, mother and I were there as the guest of the family who's daughter my parents hosted as an exchange student. Fantastic trip, by the way. But at one dinner they brought in a large platter with a bowl in the middle. But around the bowl were these cooked baby chickens except they still had heads. We didn't know what to do with them.
SLP: I absolutely would not want to know. I am so afraid of flying, not because of the dying part if we crashed but because I would know it's coming. Oh, just the thought makes my stomach drop.
SLP: Yes, I would but only knowing what I know now. The reason is because I was a nervous kid. I was mostly nervous about looking stupid so I never tried anything. I would go back and try everything I could; plays, sports, etc. I would take every opportunity that presented itself.