Plotter or Pantser?
I’m a definite plotter. Once I have an idea I’m excited about, I create character sketches, write a paragraph summary, do research, and then write a 10 to 15 page synopsis which I mark into chapters. This helps me create a first draft, then polished pages, in the same way house plans work for a home builder.
Setting: real, totally made up, or based on a real place?
Most often my settings are based on a real place with fictionalized touches as needed by the characters and plot. My Celia Landrey Mysteries are pretty much set in my own backyard and hometown.
You can invite anyone, alive, or dead, to dinner.
Who would you invite and why?
Hands-down choice, Gregory Peck! I’ve idolized him for most of my life. He was so handsome, gentle, and strong; perfect in every role he played.
Where would you eat?
Not that I could swallow a thing, but we’d eat on my deck overlooking the Santiam River. Just the two of us.
What would you eat?
Saying I’m able to, filet of salmon with fresh asparagus in butter sauce, avocado and melon salad, beer wheat bread, with a nice Oregon Riesling. My own homemade blackberry pie a la mode for dessert.
What question would you ask?
I’d ask him about his role as the Depression-era lawyer, Atticus Finch, in one of my all-time favorite movies, To Kill A Mockingbird. I’d tell him I hated to miss the monologue about his life and career he gave at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon, not long before he died…but how cool it was to walk the same red carpet his feet walked into the Elsinore, when my husband and I celebrated our anniversary there, compliments of our kids.