Frequently Asked Questions (Because somehow I get those…)

Are you published yet?
Not yet. Hopefully some day. That’s what I’m working toward. IMG_20230318_153744_599

You write Christian Fiction? So, like Hallmark Movies?  *No joke, I was actually asked this question.*
I like to write stories that deal with real issues, the personal hurts, overcoming hard pasts, and all the nitty gritty. So I highly doubt my work is Hallmark material. There are some Christian Fiction books that read like a Hallmark movie, and some have even been made into Hallmark movies.

What does D.M. in your name mean?
I explain it all right here.

I’m thinking about writing a book, any advice for me?
Run away… Haha, I’m kidding.
I have three pieces of advice. One: just write. Don’t worry about editing, publishers, agents, or your book’s cover just yet. If you have a story in your head that needs to get out, then write it. All the rest of the writing life will fall into place once you keep going. My second piece of advice is to find a community. There’s plenty of online writing communities, and your local libraries and book stores should have a list of local writer groups. And lastly: Learn the craft. Read books on writing and editing. Attend conferences. Watch YouTube videos by skilled writers. Take some classes, whether online or in-person. Listen to writing podcasts. Always be learning.

How and why did you start writing?
It’s a looooooonnnng story. Some day I will post about it, but today is not that day.

Have you always been a Green Bay Packers fan?
No. I didn’t grow up in a big sports family, so we weren’t loyal to any sports teams at all. When I met my Packer-crazed husband, he introduced the fandom to me and explained the rules of football. It took a few years, but now I’m a die-hard Packers fan. If you meet me at a writers’ conference, you’ll see my Packer loyalty pinned to my badge and I’ll probably be wearing Packer socks…

Soooo…why the obsession with typewriters?
They are such unique machines. There is something about the permanence about typing words onto a sheet of paper. It’s that permanence that makes you sloooow down your writing.

How many typewriters do you own?
Seven and counting.

But do you actually use them?
I sure do. I’ve never written a whole novel on a typewriter (YET!) but I have written chapters for my books when I needed to slow down and/or was having trouble with working on my laptop. I’ve also used them to a make crafts and projects. I mostly use my 1958 Smith Corona Sterling. The only one that doesn’t work is the 1930s Underwood. I’ll either have to find a typewriter repair shop or learn to fix it myself.