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The Anything Goes Girl Q & A

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

The Anything Goes Girl is a radical departure for you. It’s got action, crime, humor, suspense. But your most recent book Just Bill is a quiet study of the lives of dogs and retirees living on a golf course. What explains the change? Actually, my dog book is the departure. My first novel The Dating Service was a gritty thriller about Vietnam Vets. Is your new novel based on personal experience? Even if The Anything Goes Girl was a space opera or zombie novel, I would answer yes. That’s because you can’t write what hasn’t been experienced. Either you’re dealing with historical events—or your own history—or you’re concerned with the mental history of imagination. This may sound weird, but that’s how I think about it. OK. Let me put it differently. Is The Anything Goes Girl about things that actually happened in life, as opposed to happening in the imagination? Yes—and no. I am writing about people and places I met up with in life, but everything’s been changed.

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