Question and Answer interview with Dorothy

  1. Where do you get your ideas?
  1. Ideas are all around me.  I read the daily newspapers and listen to TV news programs.  Overheard conversations may also generate an idea.  Watching people sometimes inspires me with ideas.  I never find it boring to have to wait in an airport or at the grocery checkout line.  I watch the people around me, guess what they’re doing and where they’re going.
  1. When did you start writing?. 
  1. I spent the first twenthy-five years of my life either going to school or teaching school.  The first year I stayed home, keeping house and caring for my baby daughter I needed something to do in my spare time, so, inspired by a copy of “The Writer” magazine, I tried writing—first quatrains, then children’s stories.  The first ones I sent to publishers were accepted.  Thus encouraged.  I continued writing.
  1. What are  your writing habits?

A.  I begin writing when I go to bed at night, mulling over the plot and character problems that I’ll face the next morning at my computer.  This puts my subconscious mind at work while I sleep.  Neat way to work, huh?  I do my best at-the-computer writing early in the morning before the world has intruded on my day.  Now that my family is grown and away from home and my husband is a late sleeper, I can work undisturbed for several hours.

    Q.  What are  you working on now.

     A.  My next mystery novel.

    Q.  Can you tell us what it’s about?

     A.  I could, but I won’t.   Talking about my story lessens my need to write the words. It would be easy for me to talk a story to death and come up with nothing suitable for presenting to an agent or editor.

     Q.  Is an agent really necessary?

      A.  Yes,  An agent has the ability to open editorial doors that I could never open without help.          

     Q.  If you could invite 3 people to dinner (living or dead) who would they be?

     A.  Sara Pretsky because we both come from a Kansas background and because I like her writing and especially her choice of characters. 

            Phyllis Whitney because since childhood I read, studied, and enjoyed her books. I admire her discipline in work habits and in maintaining her health and enthusiasm.

              John D. McDonald who wrote novels a reader could barely bear put down without reading one more chapter.  I especially like his character, Travis McGee, who sometimes lived on a houseboat near Ramrod Key.

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