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I got an interesting e-mail from one of the other writers my agent Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary represents. It's an interview. In order for all the writers to get to know each other, and our fans to learn more, Rachel Brimble has sent everyone an interview for each of us to tell others what we write, how we write and why.

I wasn't expecting any revellations out of the deal. Just the usual who, what, where, when types of questions. What I received was a list of questions about my goals, what I read and what I like and dislike about writing. One of those questions was "What is the book you wish you'd written?"

As writers, we all wish we'd been the ones to write Harry Potter and the Anything, or Twilight or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels. But do we wish that for the fame, the money or the desire to write something that will capture the imaginations of a broad audience? What surprised me when I answered that question was that I chose "On Writing" by Stephen King. It is the culmination of a lengthy writing career and many successes as well as failures by a man who learned from both. That is the book I want to write one day. A book to say I did it and this was how.

One day I will.
For now, I'm taking notes and keeping a scrapbook.
And writing....


  1. Well you may not find the following interview as meaningful as the one you just described - or then again - who knows? I'm sending this out to all my blogging buddies. It is two weeks of reflection. Hope you participate!

    Day 1: Wednesday March 7: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

    Day 2: Thursday March 8: Nine things about yourself that might surprise people who think they know you.

    Day 3: Friday March 9: Eight people who mean a lot to you and why (in no particular order).

    Day 4: Saturday March 10: List your "desert island" top 20 music albums, or whatever number works for you, preferably in order! Should anthologies qualify? You decide.

    Day 5: Sunday March 11: You win five million in the lottery. How, specifically, do you spend (or save) each dollar?

    Day 6: Monday March 12: Seven things that often cross your mind.

    Day 7: Tuesday March 13: Six things you wish you’d never done.

    Day 8: Wednesday March 14: Five ways to win your heart.

    Day 9: Thursday March 15: Four turn-ons (interpret as you wish).

    Day 10: Friday March 16: Three turn-offs.

    Day 11: Saturday March 17: Build your dream home. Describe it room by room.

    Day 12: Sunday March 18: Describe your ultimate perfect weekend from Friday night through Sunday.

    Day 13: Monday March 19: Two images that describe your life right now and why.

    Day 14: Tuesday March 20: One confession.


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