WR: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you write? Why?
J: I mainly write mysteries but also non-fiction. I like mysteries because of the puzzle and the plot, and that’s what I like reading. I’ve had the dream to be a writer since I was seven years old. I loved reading even then and hated turning off the light at night because I couldn’t read anymore.
WR: If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose?
J: I am my characters already so I don’t have to choose!
WR: What is your creative process like? Do you need music to write? Silence?
J: I need silence, and I write long-hand first, then type it up later. I write a blurb, have a general idea and then go from there. In other words, I am a pantser and a result I get horribly stuck at times, which I find very frustrating until I can dig myself back out again. However, I finish everything I start even though I despair at times.
WR: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
J: Popcorn and M and M’s, although I’m not guilty about it. I do a lot of reading about craft on writing blogs which sometimes interferes with my own writing.
WR: What inspires you?
J: Writing craft books and blogs.
WR: What is one of your worst pet peeves?
J: I have many of themJ In reading, mysteries written by men. I read primarily women authors.
WR: Describe what a perfect day would be for you.
J: A day when I know where I’m headed when I write and I have lots of plot ideas. The writing then just flows out of me, and I’m able to write 20 pages longhand.
WR: If you could bring any fictional character to life, yours or anyone else’s, who would you pick?
J: When I was a child, I would have picked any main character from one of the many characters I enjoyed then, but alas I’ve lost the magic now.
WR: If you could shape-shift, what animal would you turn into and why?
J: As above, unfortunately, I’ve lost the magic I had as a child and can’t go there.
WR: Where can we find you and your work around the web?