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Nancy’s Questions for Me:
What genre do you read for fun?
Romance. I love most sub-genres of romance fiction. I confess I also read cookbooks for fun.
Do you revise as you go along or wait until your first draft is done?
I revise as I go, which makes me a slow producer. I’ve tried turning off my internal editor. Can’t do it.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Don’t be defensive about critiques. Seek feedback from stronger writers and heed their advice. Enter drawings at writing conferences for critiques from editors or authors. And always–always–thank them for their help.
Do you have beta readers and who are they?
Yes, my author friend Judith Leigh is my beta reader. Author Dee S. Knight is my critique partner. Both are incredibly supportive and helpful.
What’s an interesting item you’ve researched for your current work in progress?
The witness security program is not very much like it’s portrayed in the entertainment industry. The U.S. Marshalls do a super job at protecting witnesses. They’ve never lost one yet who followed all the rules, but many ignore their handler’s advice. I wrote two pieces of fiction from my research: RECLAIM MY LIFE and VEILED THREAT. As for my cookbook writing, I credit Alton Brown (“Good Eats”) for inspiring me to dig deeper into the science of food. Thanks to him, I now understand stuff like when to use baking soda instead of baking powder, and when to use both.