1.) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I read Heidi during a rainy vacation in Maine when I was 8 years old. I loved the book so much I pretended I was a writer that whole summer. Thirty five years later I became one!
2.) What do you love most about the writing process?
Stephen King said a writer’s job is not to create a story but to uncover it. Brilliant! Writing feels to me like a sort of archeological dig, a patient discovering of what’s hiding in my imagination.
3.) What do you love most about facilitating our Service workshops?
I was astounded by how much writing helped me through a difficult time. The idea that our generous writing community can offer that same healing tool to someone who may not be able to pay for our classes is thrilling to me. We are currently involved with the Danbury Women’s Shelter, Harlem Village Academies, and are running a workshop for essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic. I hear the writing is incredible and we are brainstorming ways to share our participants’ stories in a way that they feel safe and protected. Stay tuned!
4.) What are you reading right now?
The Thorn Birds – I love it, it’s the perfect summer read.
5.) What’s your favorite writing quote?
“It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed the deeper they burn.” -Robert Southey