What kind of books do you write and how many have you written so far?
I write dark fiction and a bit of horror as Penelope Crowe, and kid’s books as Dea Lenihan. This way I don’t have to worry about selling to children after I write about murder and blood. I have 2 books published, a short story, and another short story called The Key to Happiness that just got accepted into a horror anthology called Vampires! For Dark Moon Digest, so I was celebrating today.
When is your next book being published?
My next book is called Penelope’s Garden and although I thought it would be out before Christmas, January looks like the date now. It is book two of the Out of This World Series.
When did you start writing, and what inspires you the most?
I have always written. I wrote The Littlest Grape and The Haunted House when I was about six. I was positive they were the best books ever written. I did the illustrations too. Everything inspires me. What I write about depends on what catches my eye that day.
Why did you pick the genre that you currently write in, and are you currently considering writing in a different genre? Why or why not?
I have always loved horror and anything dark. It really is not a choice. Today I tried to write a flash fiction piece—just a neutral story—and it ended up dark. Maybe I need medication…just kidding. J I actually think it exorcises my demons.
Tell us about your creative writing process.
Oh dear. There is no process. I get an idea and try and write it down as fast as I can. I usually get a lot of input at once, and I hope I can remember it. I find it hard to maintain an idea long enough for a novel. There are far too many ideas in my head and they overlap one another often. So I write fast.
What motivates you to continue writing?
I need no motivation—I just need more time.
How do you get ideas for your stories?
Many times I get an idea from something that is bothering me. I write and write and suddenly there is a story.
If you didn’t become an author, what do you think you would be doing now?
Well I think I’ve don’t everything else, artist, makeup artist, sales rep, manager, hairdresser, insurance underwriter, receptionist…I could go on. So what is left. I would be a singer/songwriter or actor.
Give us an insider look into your latest novel.
It’s the diary of woman. She writes about her feelings, fears, her loathing of motherhood and terrible marriage. She tells us about spells she has used and opinions she has that most people would never admit. There are some entries that are beautiful stories, and some as bad as nightmares. No plot involved—you will wonder whose diary you are reading…and hope she is OK.
If your novel made it to the big screen, what actors do you see playing the key characters?
I think Alec Baldwin would make a terrific scary and mean husband, and Helena Bonham Carter for the narrator/main character.
What’s the worst experience and best experience you ever had as a writer?
I keep having best ones: an accepted story, lots of blog visits, good reviews, and people wishing me well. I also like having a job I love.
Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing and your life?
I want to write screenplays and see my stuff on Broadway or the big screen. I would love to have mainstream books on the shelves and my picture on the back cover. And I would like a bigger house.
Where can people find you and your books on the Internet?