About the author: 68, lives in Wenatchee
Q: What led you to write?
A: I began writing fiction about three years ago when I first entered a Write On The River writing contest. For some time I have wanted to write fiction, and thought that with the wordsmith skills I acquired during my 37 years of practicing law, I might have the ability to write fiction, to create something out of whole cloth, to simply make up a story. However, it was not until I retired that I found the time and the energy to write creatively.
Q: Why do you write?
A: I write because I enjoy the process of putting words down on paper that tell a story. I want to see if I have the ability to describe a series of events that a reader can identify with but at the same time are unusual enough to be intriguing. I think this is difficult to do and I enjoy the challenge this goal presents.
Q: Who or what has influenced your writing?
A: I admire the writings of Cormac McCarthy and John Grisham’s book, “The Painted House.”
Q: How does the local area (North Central Washington) impact your writing?
A: I am certain that the dialogue in my stories is driven by the conversations I hear every day in the Wenatchee Valley. The cadence, the phrases, the words themselves grow out of what I hear living here in North Central Washington. Also, the background of my stories, the canvas upon which my words appear, is rural in nature and I attribute that to living in North Central Washington. Finally, some descriptions of places in my stories are based on what I see around me.
Q: What is the writing project or work you are most proud of and why?
A: When I wrote my first (and so far, only) novel, “Two Friends, Too Old” I had no idea whether it was any good. After it was published (self-published) and appeared on Amazon, I received some favorable reviews. That made me think that with a lot of effort (and the same amount of luck) I just might be able to write decent fiction. So I continue to write.
Q: How often do you write?
A: I try to write every morning for an hour or so. And I try to stop when I have something more to say about a particular scene so that the next time I sit down to write it is easy to continue. It is very common when I am not at my computer but doing something else such as yard work, I find myself thinking about what I wrote that morning and a better way of saying what I had written comes to mind. I then return to my computer to make those changes before I forget my thoughts.
Leita A. Crossfield is the project coordinator of the Writer Profile Series on behalf of Write On The River, www.writeontheriver.org. Contact her at 425-344-7599 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leita writes about community, culture, and women’s issues.