No. Not yet, anyway. Opposing counsel, now that's a different story!
Each venue has provided a different kind of inspiration. Britain, the Keys, and Florida all inspire mysteries of one sort or another. I’d love to write a classic gothic set in the Lake District of the UK. DC and NYC I find extremely romantic. Maine satisfies on all levels.
Writing is such an isolated activity. How do you stay connected to others?
I wish I were better at it. I try to keep up by text and e-mail. I rarely use the phone. I have to try to get back to that, voices are so much more intimate than letters on a screen. Face to face is always best of course, but my friends are so far-flung it isn’t possible. Maybe I should learn to Skype!
The Internet is the saving grace for most writers, and I am no exception. As an active member of Sisters in Crime (we have brothers in crime, too) and as a member and past president of Guppies, an Internet chapter of Sisters in Crime geared toward the great unpublished, I feel I'm surrounded with a wonderful, supportive, group of writers who are always ready to share an encouraging word or helpful advice. Every writer trods the path alone. Having an Internet full of mentors and friends who can truly relate make the isolation of writing more of a community effort.
Describe your favorite place to work, not necessarily your most productive place.
Oh, that's easy. There is a rocky ledge on the edge of the woods on our property in Maine. It’s far enough from habitation that the only sounds are from the woodland, but close enough to the house to be an easy hike. I don’t write there, but I do brainstorm there. And I always come back with perfect scenes that write themselves.