1) What do you wish that people would ask you about your writing?
Aside from "Where can I read it?" ; ) My writing explores a lot of very personal themes. My stories deal with responsibility, loss and hard choices - all things where my true life experience is even more fascinating than fiction. I'm a very open person and I'll answer any question you ask if you honestly want to know. However, I won't guarantee you'll be comfortable hearing what I have to say. Yet we must confront those uncomfortable aspects of life if we want to grow as people.
2) Which of your characters would you most like to meet and why?
This one's hard to say. A few of my characters I really enjoy writing about, but in real life I'd hate them. Others I think I wouldn't look twice at because you don't see inside a person's heart in life the way you do in fiction. But I think the character I would most like to meet is Hilda Bergstrom. She's a 2,000 year old valkyrie who now works as a medical examiner and survives off the life energy of the dying. Her attitude intrigues me. Of all my characters, she manages to be both the most and the least human at the same time.
3) What was the best thing that came out of your "Summer of Yes" this year?
Every year I do it, the Summer of Yes completely changes my life. The best things to come from the Summer of Yes in any year are the paths which open themselves up to you when you are willing to say yes to new things. This year's Summer of Yes took me to Athens, Greece for my first trip to Europe. My husband's caught the travel bug and wants to know where we're going next!. I got two promotions at work in less than 8 months because I was willing to say yes to opportunities others passed by. I now find myself with a full-blown career instead of just a job. Imaginary bears attacked me in my sleep on my first deep woods camping trip. OK, so maybe not all my Summer of Yes activities turned up roses. But I don't regret going. At least now I can say a bear and I have something in common. That's new, right?