Why are you a copywriter?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was five years old. I also love to eat and pay my bills. Being a copywriter is the best of both worlds.
How do you take your coffee?
Decaf, made in a French press. Add cream and sugar. Sometimes pour it over ice. The beans have to be freshly ground. I’m a coffee snob. That, or I’ll steal a pod from my son’s Keurig if I’m in a rush. (I’m so ashamed that I just admitted that).
If you had to pick just one condiment, which would it be and why?
Guacamole. It’s a dip. It’s a great sub for mayo on sandwiches. Plus, guacamole!
What do you like best about working for Top Shelf?
The tender care that the editorial staff takes with our thin writer skins and our gentle writer egos. That or the fact that we’re all a bunch of sarcastic smart asses who’ve always got each others’ backs.
What kind of writing do you do outside of Top Shelf?
I do copywriting for other clients, ghostwrite three blogs and write romance novels.
What’s your project manager like? How about your editor?
Don’t tell them I said this, but I wouldn’t have them any other way. I’m bitchy, snarky and sarcastic (and yes, there was an Oxford comma in there before the editor got to it) and I get along best with people just like me.
What’s your favorite font?
I know everyone is going to say Comic Sans, but I’ve always been partial to Papyrus.
What words do you really hate / love?
Love: ocelot, linoleum, here’s-a-lot-of-free-chocolate
Hate: milk when it’s pronounced “melk”, moist, “for all intents and purposes”
Describe your ideal writing situation.
Writing at the bar in Disney was pretty close. Great whiskey, not a lot of noise (cigar bar), comfortable chairs, live jazz playing downstairs. I have a hard time working in most coffee shops because they’re too noisy. When I have to do it, I usually use earbuds and listen to thunderstorm noises.
Who is your writing hero?
Lisa Scottoline. That woman writes her word limit every single day, 365. It’s not about inspiration, baby, it’s about getting your ass in the chair and producing the work.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
I am a Rock, by Simon and Garfunkle.
One thing about my writing career/life that people wouldn’t expect is:
My daughter isn’t allowed to follow my career as a fiction writer online. She’s a teacher and she’s been reprimanded for going to my pen name’s Facebook page. Apparently it would look bad to parents if their little darlings’ teacher read the same books they’re probably reading themselves. That’s all right, I side-load my books into her Kindle so no one knows.