Questions and Answers
1. Why did you write this book?
Initially, I had written the book as a challenge a friend had posed to me. She had asked me to write a story in which the typical villain was the hero. I knew immediately who I’d write about: Captain Hook. He had been a favorite of mine, ever since reading J.M. Barrie’s novel. I always thought he had an untold back story that would explain his hatred of Peter Pan. And that was how Second on the Right was born.
2. How did you become interested in the topic?
The subject of pirates is always a fascinating one. Children seem to be naturally drawn to those characters. In fact, when taking my three year old daughter to the Cathy Rigby production of Peter Pan, she ended up cheering when Captain Hook stepped out onto the stage.
3. What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your book?
I wanted to offer a fun read for the public, a book that you just can’t put down until the very end. I love those kinds of books.
4. Who is your intended readership?
I welcome anyone who would be interested in reading Second on the Right. I would imagine my readership would be any Peter Pan fans, but I wouldn’t limit it to just that.
5. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first short story in the 5th grade. It was a lot of fun, but at that time, my teacher had discouraged me with her comments. By 6th or 7th grade, I tried again, but this time more as a commentary on the Exxon Valdez oil spill near Alaska. Not only did I write the article, but I also ran some of my on science experiments to determine which cleaning agent would be safe and effective to use on animal fur, but at the same time be safe on plant life as well. I earned honorable mention and my story was published in a local writer’s conference journal. However, it took me years until I finally started writing fictional stories, and those were mainly to entertain friends. It wasn’t until 2011, after finishing Second on the Right, that a friend encouraged me to publish.
6. How did you research your book?
I’ve had to rely on a lot of books and websites in regards to the history of pirates and sailing terminology. I also had to research a lot on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. I visit the La Mirada County Library several times a month.
7. What surprised you about the process of writing your book?
The marketing! I may have a talent in weaving a good tale, but marketing is not one of my strengths and has been a struggle to learn.
8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Work, work and more work. I work full time as a cancer registry, as well as assisting another registry during the evening hours. I have two young children who take up a lot of my free time. When they are in bed, at night I work on my novels and short stories. On the weekends, I play piano for a local church in La Mirada.
9. Are you working on another book?
I have been writing a few short stories, one which is included in an anthology set to be released in summer 2014. I’ve completed one Sherlock fan fiction story, which I had a blast writing. I currently have two novels I’m working on, both of which will be part of a mystery series.