Monday, December 05, 2005
FEATURED AUTHOR - Alice Wootson
Shades Of Romance Magazine: Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer.
Alice Wootson: I'm a retired teacher who is in her second career. My 9th novel, Perfect Wedding, will be released in December. In addition to writing prose, I am also an award-winning poet. I enjoy speaking at conferences and with groups.
SORMAG: Tell us about your current book?
WOOTSON: Perfect Wedding: A TV program, Perfect Wedding, offers a honeymoon to Hawaii. Dana decides to enter. Never mind that she doesn't have a fiance' or even a boyfriend. She'll worry about that later. Of course, the ideal man, Steve Rollings, teaches right next door, but she thinks of him as a friend.
SORMAG: What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
WOOTSON: That romance is often right next door. Also, we need to lighten up a bit. My last 3 books were romantic suspense. I started to write another, but found that I wasn't ready for the stress. (I put myself in the heroine's place.)
SORMAG: What do you do to make time for yourself?
WOOTSON: I go to the gym 5 times a week and have learned to read while on the bike & treadmill. I do crafts and I LOVE yard sales. I also travel a lot. My favorite time is spent with my 3 grandchildren, especially Claire, the youngest and the first girl in two generations.
SORMAG: Can you share a holiday tradition with our readers?
WOOTSON: I always fix dinner of traditional foods, & my two sister and my son and his family come over. It has recently become a tradition for me to spend every weekend from Thanksgiving until Christmas with booksignings at stores.
SORMAG: What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
WOOTSON: I love writing the beginning. I HATE writing the synopsis because I never work from one. I have to write it after the story is finished. I also dislike the time I spend scheduling signings, meetings, etc.
SORMAG: What should a new writer know about the publishing business?
WOOTSON: It's not just about writing. Just do your best.
SORMAG: How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
WOOTSON: I can be reached at:
PO Box 18832
Philadelphia, PA 19119
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