Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I’ve been a baseball mom for the past 10 years and counting. There have been a lot of ups and downs and the roller coaster ride is still going on. Some of the stuff was so ridiculous, it was almost unbelievable. Writing about it was the only way I could make sense of it!
What made you do decide to become an author?
I don’t think anyone actually decides to become an author. People who are storytellers are born that way. It does take discipline to get the stories down on paper and send them out, but the initial impulse – the characters who come to you – that’s something that comes at a very young age.
Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
My favorite writers are mystery and horror writers – Stephen King, Sue Grafton, Marcia Mueller. They’ve influenced my writing in that I realize I could never plot the way they do, so I don’t even try! Right now my current favorite women’s fiction writer is Jennifer Coburn. She sees the upper middle class suburbs the same way I do.
Tell us about your book:
“Keeping Score” is about a divorced mom, Shannon Stevens, her 9-year-old son Sam, and Sam’s first summer playing travel baseball. It’s funny and a bit madcap in parts. Shannon and her best friend become enemies when their sons end up on different teams. The parents treat every game like it’s the seventh game of the World Series. Shannon develops a crush on the coach of the opposing team. It’s about how competition hurts relationships.
Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
A lot of baseball fans – and parents – are very superstitious about how their actions affect what’s going on on the field. I talk about this a little bit in the book. My idiosyncrasy is that I won’t take pictures of my son when he’s actually pitching in a game. I have a lot of pictures of him pitching, but they are all taken during warm-ups.
What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
Gone with the Wind. Scarlett O’Hara is an amazing heroine, and the movie does a fantastic job of stripping out subplots – like those two older children – that don’t impact the main plot. The movie probably would have been 15 hours long if they had included everything!
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Do I have to pick just one? I hope not. I love mystery, horror and funny women’s fiction. Basically, anything with a strong plot and protagonist… preferably a female one.
Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
Read. I am an associate reviewer for the “Chick Lit Central” website and a generalist reader for an NYC-based literary agency, so I spend a lot more time reading than writing.
What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
Well, I can tell you my least favorite part is the tearing out my hair… LOL. I am a plotter as in I like to outline and summarize and know where my story is going when I sit down to write. I don’t always stay on the path I’ve decided, but I’m not the kind of person who just sits down and lets my mind wander. I used to write screenplays, and they are very focused, which is probably how I got obsessed with outlining. I try to write every day and stick to a word count to keep myself productive. My favorite part is when I’m finishing up a third or fourth draft and I’m so close to taking the next step… there’s nothing more satisfying than being done with a project. A close second is when a new idea is percolating, and I’m playing around in my mind with the plot and characters.