What have you learned from writing your novels?
I’ve learned that it’s not easy to earn a living from writing, although ebook sales have increased my income. Writing is also a great catharsis, which helped me through my daughter’s death from cancer four years ago. Because I then immersed myself in writing, my fiction career began to take off.
My day job is writing, but I’ve had other jobs along the way, such as secretary, office manager, sales clerk, and business owner. I started my writing career as a news reporter while in college and worked for three newspapers as well as serving as a news, magazine and small press editor. One of my least favorite beats was that of border patrol reporter in the area south of San Diego, although I was the second journalist to ride in the Border Patrol’s first helicopter in 1977. Seated behind an NBC-TV cameraman, I saw hundreds of alien trails and wrote about the experience. That I enjoyed and there were nearly a hundred reporters lined up from all over the country to do the same.
I learned to write as a journalist in a very noisy press room, so I could probably write in the middle of a traffic jam. I don’t need music, candles or wine to write. There’s no such thing as writer’s block for a journalist. You simply sit down and write.
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