Well Worth the Wait: Book Six is my most recent, and final book in a series of six novels based in the Vietnam/Hippie era. It ties up loose ends from previous story lines. It has some surprise twists and turns, and closes with a message to all Veterans of that hated war.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born in Oswego, NY. I’m 61 years old, and will soon be a grandmother for the first time. Now for something I’ve never revealed in an interview before… I’m funny! I’ve been a clown at birthday parties, parades, and church functions since I was in my 20s.
What inspired you to write this book?
It was more “who” inspired me to write this book. Fans of the series that wanted more were the ultimate inspiration. The first trilogy closed with the typical Gone With the Wind ending… Did Jeff get out of the car and go back inside, or did he drive away? I’d sold enough copies of the trilogy to publish the answer. However, it took another three novels to say everything that needed to be said.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
This is no secret, I began to write for my own entertainment. I was devastated both mentally and financially from a nasty divorce. I had no money for cable television, and didn’t have an antenna. The stories were rolling around in my head, so for something to do, I started to type. I didn’t write the story in chronological order. After sharing a few chapters with a few trusted friends I started to arrange them into a more structured format. Some of the incidents in this final book were written during the same time period as chapters from my first novel, The Wind Whispers War.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
I didn’t find writing hard at all. The story (except for the ending) was in my head, screaming to get out. The hardest part has been coming out of my “cave” to promote myself and my work. I’m fine when hiding behind clown make-up, but facing the world straight on is terrifying!
How do you do research for your books?
The best information came from men who had served “in country” that willingly shared their stories with me. Some were funny, and I enjoyed hearing them. Most were “tell it like it is”, real eye openers for me. I also used the Internet, and books about the war, both factual, and soldiers perspectives. I purchased a good book on pop culture that brought back many fond memories with anecdotes about popular movies, TV programs, and music from the day.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
I learned much about the Vietnam War that I didn’t know before. I soon realized that although many carried scars, not all wounds are visible. PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from war related incidents affected more lives than are being recognized and compensated. However, the most important thing I learned from writing this particular book was “Why?”
Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I have to name Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind because I feel that my series is to the Vietnam War what GWTW was to the War Between the States. It’s not the same story, but it shares the morals and mores of the day from the home front rather than from the battlefield.
My favorite author was Sidney Sheldon for his superb story telling ability. I never tire of his tales. If Tomorrow Comes was my favorite.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I’m in the very early stages of interviewing “Maria” for my next book. She is now an eighty eight year old woman who was a teenage girl in Germany during the rise of the Nazi party. She loves to talk about her experiences during those tumultuous times. This is my first actual biography, and I’m very excited about it.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
If you are “self” published, remember you hired them. They are there to help you fulfill your dream. Hold tight to your wallet, and before you buy any elaborate promotional packages, ask other self pub’s what worked, and what didn’t work for them. Asking others is the only way you will get an honest answer. “They” will try to sell you the sun, the moon, and the stars.