How did you become a writer? When my daughter was a baby, she loved the moon light. As I rocked her for hours, I would come up with stories. Sometimes, I’d share them with her. If she liked it, she cooed. If she didn’t, she still cooed. She was a polite baby.
What inspires you to write? The way the wind picks up a leaf and twirls it in the air, the sounds of ocean waves, or being on a boat ride while watching the clouds; all of these ignite my imagination. Ideas come to me when I least expect them.
How do you develop your plot and characters? I create a timeline of events. I try to think of the worst things that can happen to people and build their characters from how they overcome those problems.
Could you share some of your challenges as a writer? Finding a quiet space is my challenge. I can get easily distracted.
What are your current/future projects? My current project is Clouds. I’m also working on Stop Smiling! and Mrs. Claus, The Untold Story.
Do you have a routine you follow when writing? A strong cup of coffee laced with caramel and whipped cream.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be? I would tell myself to stay focused and not sweat the small things.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Keep a journal by the bed and in your bag because you never know where or when the next great book idea will hit you.
What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you? Email at email@example.com or Facebook – MJFitzGerald