Nobody in real life ever takes me seriously.
I'd like to write a history, maybe of the Reformation.
I don't make my own schedule - it's constructed around my sons' school schedules.
I tend to come up with people more than situations - most of my books start with a character.
In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
I've been a teacher at the college level, in composition mostly, and I've been an editor on magazines.
I really hate those books where the murderer turns out to be somebody you never heard of who pops up in the last chapter.
Listen to advice. You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught at where at least half the audience fights all the conventions of the field.
Everybody is a True Believer. Everybody has a little nugget they're convinced of that is the opposite of the nugget on the other side. And they're convinced it's fact.
You've either got to find a way to make your continuing characters insteresting without making them maudlin or overwrought, or you've got to put more emphasis on the suspects.