I have two other novels “in the pipeline” and am currently working on one set in small town Minnesota. “Girl on the Leeside” is the third novel I’ve written. This one taught me the more I write the less I know.
The process of writing fascinates me. It is a means for me to explore the many characters, places, stories and themes that my imagination mysteriously conceives. The fact that writing, or any creative process, has that mysterious component is one of the joys of life. I believe a relationship between self and landscape comes from an elemental connection with the earth that all persons have; this sense of place heavily influences my writing.
Also, as a writer, one of my fundamental goals is to be a witness; this concept is at the core of keeping the language active and moving my narrative forward through the journey of the characters. In this way, the reader and the writer are both witnesses to the story. A novel is a contract between the writer and reader, a communication that is, hopefully, intensely personal for both.