Q: First tell us something about yourself.
I am originally from Wisconsin. I was a lawyer in New York City for about 10 years. While in New York City I got to see lots of live jazz music – it was one of my favorite parts about living in the city. I love music, reading, and hiking. I am currently living and traveling all around the world, thinking up lots of new stories. I worked on writing The Groovy Blube in over 15 different countries and on 5 different continents!
Q: How and when did your journey start as a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’ve done many different styles of writing. For my job as a lawyer, I do lots and lots of writing that is kind of boring so in my free time I like to write more interesting things like stories and poetry. The best way to become a better writer is to write as much as possible!
Q: When did you write your first story? Is it published or not?
The first story I ever remember writing was about an all girls football team that went to the Super Bowl. I think I was in third grade when I wrote it.
Q: Tell us something more about your books?
I have lots of stories on paper and in my head that I would love to share with the world. I would especially like to share the story of the banana who plays the bass. Once you read The Groovy Blube, you’ll know who I’m talking about.
Q: How did these stories and characters come to your mind?
I’ve always loved jazz music. I played the trumpet in school and loved playing in the jazz band. When I moved to New York City, the opportunities to go see live jazz music were all around me, which was very exciting. I wanted to write a fun and silly story that included jazz music and New York city and I figured a blueberry who played the saxophone would do the trick!
Q: Do you want to leave any message for your readers?
Read as much as you can! Read all different types of writing by all different types of authors. It will make you a better writer! And don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never done before – I had never written a book before The Groovy Blube and I’m so glad that I was brave enough to try it.