Do the dogs help you write?
Most definitely! Their presence gives me a sense of calm. Perhaps because they are beating hearts in the room that I know won't be asking questions or offering advice; but just being.
What time of the day is best for you as a writer?
Early in the morning. It's said that's when we're closest to dreaming, the most creative activity of the brain. Plus I don't feel guilty then because no one is going to call me nor do I have to tend to anyone (except the dogs) because my husband is still asleep at 4:00 am.
Did you always want to be a writer?
When I was a freshman in high school we were asked to write an essay about what we wanted to become. I wrote that I wanted to be a journalist, a secretary and a missionary. Through the years I became an administrator of a mental health program (that secretary thing :); my writing has become an extension of my faith (that missionary part) and I worked in public relations for a time so I met the non-fiction journalist category too. Writing however, combines all three. As a child I wrote poetry but I never imagined I'd have a career connected to writing.
How has social media impacted your work as an author?
What seems to help is the change to connect with readers from other parts of the world that I wouldn't otherwise get to "meet." I confess that I'm not a faithful blogger though I do my newsletter faithfully each month! And I have a helper for Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest who is very creative with giving me ideas of things readers might be interested in learning about me, the books, characters etc. So, it's a natural expansion of research in many ways, something I thoroughly enjoy.