The Healer’s Daughters is featured at My Reading Journeys. The reviewer is still reading; hope she enjoys the book.
Below is an interview that should be posted soon.
Q: Do you like chocolate?
A: I am a serious fan of dark chocolate. My current addiction is TCHO 70% Cacao (“with rich chocolatey notes”).
Q: Where do you write?
A: Over the years, I have gradually become able to write almost any place. I do, though, have a favorite place—Guanajuato, Mexico. Almost every year, I run away from my home in Chicago to GTO because I am able there to turn off all the clocks and to eat a lot of sunlight, neither of which I can do regularly in the American Midwest. I can write within each day.
Q: Do you write every day?
A: When I’m in writing mode, I need to write every day. If I let the work go for even one day, I run the risk of losing the story’s momentum. I used to have to write early in the morning before the normal diurnal chaos of my life intruded, but I have gradually become able to write at other times. I’m still, though, impelled to work every day.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. When I was in graduate school, I wrote a piece for The English Journal about the history of my writing from first grade through the beginning of college. The early doggerel was especially painful to revisit, but the piece did provide evidence that I was always writing.
Q: Do you experience writer’s block?
A: I’ve never experienced writer’s block for an extended period, but I have intermittently gotten stuck. I find that a long walk, a ramble, works wonders. My unconscious (and, for that matter, my conscious mind) works better on the problem if I’m outside wandering around.
Q: What advice do you have for young writers?
A: Two thoughts: 1. Write. A writer writes. That’s what a writer does. Write every day. Sit down to the task even when it’s not going well. 2. Read. Read voraciously! Not just the classics. Not trash, but everything else. You really will learn as if by osmosis.