1. What do you like to do in your free time?
I wake up at 5am and write whatever heart pumping saga I couldn’t get out of my mind all night. By 7:30 I’m serving breakfast and getting my son off to school. After that, errands, go to the gym where I run a couple of miles and do Spinner class. I talk to my mother on the phone for a solid hour. Yes, I’ve timed it. I sling a couple of weeds, chase golfers digging up my lawn, and sip green tea at the coffee shop while I write some more.
2. What kind of music do you like to listen to? Why?
I listen to nothing. Not gonna lie and make up some sophisticated play list. I have the same CD’s in my exchanger since I bought the car three years ago and I couldn’t even pretend I know what’s in there. When I drive my son to school, the radio is off. We’re trying to focus on daily affirmations and promises the school won’t call again.
3. What's your all time favorite movie? Why?
My favorite movie is Baby Boom with Diane Keaton and my screenwriting idol Nancy Meyers. I watch the DVD on my computer when I travel. I love the sound track, specifically "Everchanging Times" written by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & Bill Conti, and performed by Siedah Garrett. The movie is all about the way a baby throws a wrench in your plans, changes your life, makes you drop everything for the sacrifice of this little person who has no power, yet calls all the shots.
4. What's your all time favorite novel and/or writer? Why?
Tananarive Due (Soul To Keep, Between) is my favorite novelist. Her novels are like listening to music and watching a movie all at the same time. I’m simply lost in her stories and hate when they end. My favorite movie writer is Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, Holiday, Baby Boom, et al.) She gets to the heart of a woman regardless of our race or culture.
5. What do you like best about being a writer?
Freedom to pursue happiness. I like to search for the inner happiness of my characters, what defines us and how to move through this lifetime filled with obstacles and bamboozled perceptions to get to the other side. One big wonderful puzzle I could spend all day, and do, trying to figure out and put together.