Friday, February 4, 2011

20 Questions with Author Cheryl Pierson

Today, Sarah's interviewing popular author Cheryl Pierson.

From your most recent release, Sweet Danger, tell us about the hero, Jesse Nightwalker.  What is his greatest strength?  What is his greatest weakness?
Hi Sarah!  Ooohh, Sweet Danger and Jesse Nightwalker.  Jesse’s greatest strength would probably be his determination to do the right thing.  He is truly a very good person, though he does have his flaws.   He is going to give himself up to the villain, Tabor Hardin, without a fight, though he knows what Hardin is capable of.  Still, that will possibly mean that the safety of the others is insured. 
His greatest weakness would definitely be the fact that he has fallen in love, hard and fast, with one of the other hostages, his neighbor.  He’s had his eye on Lindy Oliver for quite some time now, but this chance meeting at Silverman’s Deli has turned into a nightmare for both of them with the entrance of Tabor Hardin and his gang. Because of the circumstances, Lindy and Jesse’s relationship moves a lot faster than it normally would, and he realizes that ironically, after four years of not allowing himself to feel anything for any woman since the death of his wife, Lindy has broken those barriers down in a matter of hours and she, along with his son, are the two people he cares about in the world.  And if he doesn’t save them, they are going to die at Hardin’s hands.
What is the trait you most admire in the heroine for Sweet Danger, Lindy Oliver?
Lindy Oliver is young but she knows what she wants and she’s prepared to do what she has to do to save Jesse. I guess the trait I admire most in her is her ability to keep a cool head and try to manipulate Hardin with the few things she has observed about him—his contradictory soft spot for children, for one thing.  She is able to read certain things about him and use them to try to save the others. She does what she has to do, and she is very calm for the most part, even though she is horribly afraid.
Of all the villains I’ve ever read, Tabor Hardin is the best.  What are the three most important things you want your readers to know about him? 
The first thing would be the fact that revenge for what he thinks Jesse did to him by helping to put him in prison five years earlier suddenly outweighs anything else—including the ransom money that was the original motive. His hatred for Jesse takes over and blinds him to everything else.
The second would be that although he is horribly evil, he does have quirks and turns in his personality that all humans have.  No matter how evil he is, in his mind, there are some good things he’s done—and he even tells Lindy this.  That’s part of the “chink” in his armor that she is able to use to get some of the children to safety.
The third is, no matter how he might seem to be reasonable at times, he isn’t.  Ever.  He’s very convincing at some points that he might be able to be reasoned with and so on, and I think the scariest thing is that Lindy almost begins to be swayed into thinking that she might understand his thinking, but she realizes that he is too twisted and sick to even try to figure out, and that they have to just do what they can to survive, and in the end, he almost kills her.
In Fire Eyes you also had a downright mean villain the reader was sure to hate.  Why do you feel it is so important to have a strong villain?
If you don’t have a strong villain, your hero is weakened to the point that the reader might not care what happens to him, or what happens in the plot. So to me, a strong villain is very important.  Andrew Fallon, in Fire Eyes, was the only villain I have ever created that was mean just because he was mean.  He seemed to have a normal family—father, mother, and two brothers.  He was the middle child. There was no mention made of any kind of trauma that might have shaped him into being the villain he became, and that was what made him so real and so scary.  There are people who walk the earth today that, I believe, are just mean.  They haven’t had a bad childhood or any trauma, they are just evil.  In that respect, Andrew Fallon was very real.
Since the volume of your work is in historical fiction, what led you to decide on writing a contemporary?
I wrote a kind of transitional novel, TIME PLAINS DRIFTER, that was a time travel. The “travelers” were a young substitute high school teacher and some of her students from 2010 who were flung back in time to 1890’s Oklahoma Territory.  That got me thinking about other stories that I wanted to do, and I came up with an idea for a contemporary story that popped into my mind as I was having one of those sleepless menopausal nights. It started with just one scene, and from that, I went on with it to develop a whole cast of characters.  It’s called INTERSECTION, and would probably be classified as a mainstream with romantic elements.  There is a romance in it but there are a lot of characters—too many right now for it to be classified as a plain ol’ romance. While I was working on that, I wrote a couple of short stories that were contemporary, and then came up with the idea for SWEET DANGER.
Of all your books, which one is your favorite?  Why?
Gosh.  That’s like asking a mother to pick out her favorite child. LOL I love them all, just in different ways.  I always think the one I’m working on at the time is my favorite.
Homecoming is a different kind of Christmas story.  Without giving away any spoilers, what was your inspiration for such a deeply moving story?
Actually, I had written HOMECOMING about a year ago, and felt like I didn’t know where I’d ever get it published.  At the time I wrote it, it was a little shorter, and didn’t have much mention of Jack’s fiancĂ©, Sarah.  When I was asked to submit a Christmas story to the Victory Tales Press Sweet anthology for A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, I knew that was the one.  I reworked it a bit and gave Sarah a bigger role in the story, and it has been a huge hit with so many people that it is truly humbling to think that that story has made such an impact on so many. I’m not sure of the inspiration, but I have always thought that the War Between the States was the saddest time period a story could ever be set in.  I wasn’t sure I could write a story or a novel set then.  So maybe this was my way of proving to myself that I could do it. I’ve been very happy with the finished product.
Another Christmas story included in an anthology from Victory Tales Press, you used the inspiration of an old song, Scarlet Ribbons.  Do you find that music inspires you?  Do you have any other stories based on a song like Scarlet Ribbons?
I am not one of those people who can put music on to write by. I was a classically trained pianist and also was in a band for many years with my husband, playing guitar and singing, so music is quite a distraction for me if I’m trying to give my thought to something else.  But I have loved the song SCARLET RIBBONS ever since I was a child, and when Harry Belafonte sings it, there is nothing more heart-wrenching than to picture a father trying to figure out how he can give his little girl something so simple as some scarlet ribbons for her hair. I knew I wanted to write a story based on that but wasn’t sure about the premise.  One day I was working on my long project—a novel, and the idea for that story came to me.  I put aside the novel until I had finished the short story.  There are a lot of songs I would like to base novels on.  In reality, songs are just VERY short stories, and in my mind, I think “what if?”  
Most of your work is published with The Wild Rose Press but your Christmas stories are included in anthologies with Victory Tales Press.  Because so many of our members are authors, would you tell them about Victory Tales Press?
VICTORY TALES PRESS is a wonderful company owned by Rebecca Vickery.  Rebecca and I were both contracted with an unscrupulous publisher, and when Rebecca got her rights to her stories back she took some positive action.  I admire her so much for learning about the publishing business from the ground up, and building her own company, VICTORY TALES PRESS, with a subsidiary company, WESTERN TRAIL BLAZERS (which publishes western novels and short stories, both print and e-book).
Rebecca is one of the most honest people I know and she always puts out a quality product.  Covers are done at VTP by Laura Shinn and my daughter, Jessica Pierson, and again—are very much a quality product.  I have been privileged to have stories selected for several anthologies with VTP:  A SUMMER COLLECTION, A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION-SWEET, A CHRISTMAS COLLECTON-SENSUAL, A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION-SPICY, A HALLOWEEN COLLECTION-STIMULATING, and A VALENTINE COLLECTION. 
All of VTP’s anthologies are “heat rated”—so you know what you are getting before you purchase them.
Some upcoming projects for this year that my stories will be featured in with VTP will be another summer collection, a mystery collection, a Christmas collection, and a very cool special project where Rebecca invented a backstory and all the authors wrote stories based on descendants of the original characters she created.
Pop over to VTP and see what’s shakin’!
Please, give us your website addy, a list of your books and a short bio.
My website is: www.cherylpierson.com
My books…okay, here you go:
FIRE EYES (historical western-The Wild Rose Press)
SWEET DANGER (contemporary romantic suspense-The Wild Rose Press)
A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES (historical western-The Wild Rose Press)
UNTIL THE LAST STAR BURNS OUT (historical western-The Wild Rose Press)
I have several short stories published in Adams Media anthologies (Rocking Chair Reader series and Christmas series) and in Chicken Soup (Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester’s Soul)
These as well as my other works can be found at my Amazon author page.
Cheryl was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, July 28, 1957, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a B.A. in English.  She is the co-owner of FabKat Editorial Services, a division of West Winds Media.  She has taught numerous writing classes and workshops over the past years and also works on an individual basis with many of her students, and other authors, locally and nationwide.

Cheryl’s most recent publications include short stories for the Adams’ Media’s anthologies “The Rocking Chair Reader: Family Gatherings”, as well as the earlier “The Rocking Chair Reader: Memories from the Attic”.  Another of her stories appears in the Christmas 2006 edition of “Classic Christmas.”  In addition, four of Cheryl’s students’ works were also bought by Adams Media for inclusion in these anthologies, as well.

Although Cheryl has written and sold articles to local newspapers as well as short stories to nationwide publications, her first love remains romance novel writing.  She has completed five novels and is currently at work on the sixth.  She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

For further information on services provided by FabKat Editorial Services and upcoming projects from West Winds Media, please visit our website at www.westwindsmedia.com.

What is your process from idea to first draft?

You know, I write everything out longhand.  I do very little in the way of note-making or outlining and all that.  I usually have a rough idea in my head and start writing a scene in a notebook.  It might be the first scene, the middle of the book or somewhere near the end.  Then I work forward or backward from that scene.  I type it into the computer on days when I don’t really feel very creative, just so I don’t have a day when I haven’t actually “done” something.

Who or what inspires you when your creative mojo is lagging?

Good question. LOL  I don’t really have any inspiration other than just knowing I have to get on with it or nothing is going to get done.  If you don’t write your stories, they won’t get written.

What importance do you place on writing workshops?  What workshops would you recommend to us?

I teach writing classes in the Oklahoma City area.  It is just invaluable to have classes where students can go to learn not only what to do to put a novel together, but where to submit it once it’s completed, and HOW to submit it.  These are all things I had to learn on my own.  I think that critique groups are one of the worst things that can happen to writers who are just starting out.  A critique PARTNER is a different matter—someone you can work one-on-one with and talk about your writing, and do the same for them, is different than going into a group where everyone has differing opinions and you are pulled many different ways.  Trust your instincts as the writer of the story. And get into a good structured class to learn what to do.  Once you learn what the tools ARE, then it’s up to you to learn to use them to show your own style and voice to tell the story you want to tell.

One of the best online workshops I ever took was one offered by Keena Kincaid.  It was about the secrets our characters have and why they are important, when to reveal the secrets, etc. If you ever get a chance to take that workshop, it is just excellent.

What person would you like to thank for inspiring you in your writing aspirations?  How did this person help you?

Probably my parents, in my growing up years.  I did a lot of reading and writing, and they always praised my imagination, and enjoyed reading my stories I wrote then. They were very encouraging.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishments in your career so far?

I would say the three novels I’ve written and published.  Although one of them wasn’t in print for very long. I’m hoping it will find a home very soon. My first novel, Fire Eyes, was probably the most exciting solo thing I’ve ever done, because it was the first—and there is not another feeling in the world like opening up a box of books with your name on the cover.

If you won the big lottery, what would you do with the money?  Would give any of it to charity?  If so, which one?

Oh, yes!  I would have a really tough time deciding which charity to give it to, so I probably would give a lot of it to different ones. Among them would be those that include basic needs for children and animals.

What is the best advice you want to give to a new writer?

Submit your work to some of the smaller places first and build a portfolio.  Of course, everyone dreams of the “big contract” but that doesn’t happen very often—especially with your first book! Writing short pieces for magazine publication or short story anthologies can familiarize you with the submission process and help build your body of work before you get serious about submitting your first novel somewhere. Keep at it and don’t give up!

You operate an editing service called FabKat.  Would you tell our members about the services your company offers?

At FabKat we do editing for writers who want to submit their manuscripts for publication somewhere.  We do everything from line edits to offering plot modification to “fill in the gaps” for all kinds of projects.  My business partner and I have worked with numerous individuals as well as small publishing houses to prepare manuscripts for the public eye.  We also teach classes for writers at all stages of their writing projects.  Our classes include instruction on everything from the nuts and bolts of writing to how to submit the project once it’s completed.  We have also done workshops for our local library branches as well as the Indian Education Dept. in one of the major local school systems.

If money, talent and fear were no object, what big adventure would you like to have?

Hmmm.  Good question.  Probably it would be to travel to Ireland and have enough time and energy to research my genealogy there.

If you had the power to change two things in the world, what would those two things be?

I would be sure that every child got a GOOD free education at least through college and on into grad school if they wanted it.  My kids have really had to struggle to scrape up money for their education and it is just a monumental strain on what should be the best time of their lives. There are just no scholarships left for the non-minority kids out there, or very few, no matter how good your GPA is.

Another thing I would change would be that charity organizations and churches here in the USA would see to their own neighborhoods and country before trying to go off and offer aid to foreign countries.  It is terrible to think that we have people still going hungry here in our own country, with all the wealth we have.  It’s unbelievable that in the 21st century we still have children living in poverty in our country and going without warm clothing and the necessities.  I have seen this myself in the poorer counties of my state, and I know it exists in other states as well.

I guess in other words, to boil it down, I would like to see the social programs and educational system and the charities take care of the USA before they feel they have to give away tax money to other countries out there.  Charity begins at home.  Truer words were never spoken. Of course, it would be nice not to have war, and to fix world hunger, etc. while I’m at it.   


Tina Donahue said...

Wow, you do longhand, Cheryl? That's amazing. When I'm plotting, I can't even type fast enough to get everything down.

But it definitely works for you. Your books are great! :)

Sarah J. McNeal said...

You already know that I positively love your work. The only thing I haven't read yet is your Valentine anthology story. The reason that I love your work so much is that your characters are deeply motivated and the way you describe a scene makes me feel I'm there.
I write the first draft in longhand and, when I get stuck, I go back to long hand. I think it's the organic feel of pencil in hand and the smell of paper but it's my salvation when I get into writer's block. So, I get it that you do that, too.
I am so happy you allowed me to interview you and I wish you every success, Cheryl.

Rawiya said...

Wow, that is what stuck with me more than anything, Longhand?

I admire any writer that can do that. I am so much of a character driven writer, I don't know if I could do it. Thats awesome.

Great interview Sarah and Cheryl, continued success!

Redameter said...

More power to you for writing in long hand. I can't even read my writing in long hand. It is just scribbles. Oh now, God knew i need a trypewrier. LOL

Love The Home Coming that one is super special will always be my favorite. Great job Cheryl.
She's a very talented lady. Love her work.

Love and blessings

Marie Rose Dufour said...

Great interview. I have to admit, I also write out everything is longhand at first. I can't compose sitting at the computer. It feels funny. ;)

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Tina,

Yep, when I sit in front of a computer my mind goes blank. LOL Except when I write e-mails, etc. I guess I have it separated in my brain--notebook/pen for stories, computer for correspondence. LOL Thanks for your kind words, Tina.

Cheryl Pierson said...


THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving me the chance to be your interviewee. (is that a word?) I appreciate it and I loved your questions. You really got me thinking about my answers and I love that you tailored the questions to the stories I wrote. That was very thoughtful of you, and I sure appreciate the effort that takes! I'm so glad to know you enjoy my work so much, Sarah. That means a lot to me. I appreciate you!!!! Thanks again for interviewing me. I enjoyed it.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Rawiya,

You know, I don't even think about the longhand part of it. I don't really think it slows me down in the final process, because by the time it makes it to being entered into the computer it has been read and edited a couple of times, so when it gets to the computer I've already done that part of the work. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading and commenting. Sarah is an awesome interviewer. She asks the best questions ever.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Rita, that is so sweet of you to say. I appreciate that so much. Thank you. Homecoming was a very special story to me. I don't know where that came from inside me, but I believe everything we write is written for a purpose--there's a saying that I firmly believe, and I think it applies to the things we write, too:
To the world, you may be just one person. But to one person, you may be the world.
I think that some times the things we write give people thoughts and ideas and dreams that they might not have had otherwise--even the seed of an idea. I know that I have read things before and thought WOW. I'm so glad that Homecoming had such an impact on you, because I have to tell you, I was worried sick about that story when I tried to think about getting it out there for people to read. Where would it fit? Thank God, Rebecca's anthologies provided the perfect place for it, and I have gotten so many comments and compliments on that story it's unbelievable. It's hard for me to think about writing something that could move someone to tears, but I have had four or five people tell me that they were bawling by the time they got to the end of it. Thanks so much for your support, Rita. I appreciate you.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Marie,

I feel the same way! I mean, I have tried to sit down and write sometimes at the computer, and I just can't do it. I'm glad to know there is another person like me out there! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

Mona Risk said...

Cheryl, what a great interview. I can't believe you write long hand before typing your stories. I agree with you about charity starts at home. Thank you for having the courage to say it.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the Interview and learning more about you and your books, Cheryl!

Hugs, Kari Thomas

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Mona,

Thanks so much for coming by--I know you are busy as heck. Isn't Sarah a great interviewer? Her questions are just fantastic. Yep, I write everything out in notebooks, then type it in. AND I keep all the notebooks...just in case. LOL

I truly believe that charity begins at home. A few years back, my sister was a counsellor at one of the smaller, poorer school districts in eastern OK. Those kids would come to school in t-shirts in the dead of winter. We bought those knit caps and gloves at WalMart for $1 and gave them out to the kids there (my two sisters, me, and two of my nieces). They were so thrilled. One day, one little boy came to school without his knit cap. Had his gloves but not his cap. My sister asked him where it was. He said his daddy had asked if he could wear it that day to work in--he worked construction and was going to be outside. It's amazing that poverty exists in our country to the level it does in todays' world. 1 in 7 Americans still goes to bed hungry every night. That is shameful. OK, off the soapbox now. LOL Thanks so much for coming by, Mona.
Hugs to you!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Kari,
Thank you so much for coming by! I appreciate it, Kari.

StephB said...

What a fabulous interview. I really feel like I've gotten to know you. I've enjoyed everything you've written. My favorite is probably Scarlet Ribbons. I love the symbolism behind the story.

Ps...I do longhand, too. Write on, Sweetie! I'm there for the ride.


Cheryl Pierson said...

Hey Steph!
WOW, thank you so much for coming by--I know you are incredibly busy right now with your own NEW RELEASE! Congratulations!

I'm so glad you enjoyed Scarlet Ribbons--it just recently took third in the P&E poll, the romantic short story category. I love that story, too, with the little paranormal touches throughout, and the symbolism.

Longhand rocks! I think Margaret Tanner does too. There's 4 of us out there!


Caroline Clemmons said...

Wow, Cheryl, you are prolific. Obviously I have to get busy reading. Great interview.

Celia Yeary said...

CHERYL--this is the best interview you've ever had. Very thorough and interesting to the very end. I hope Rebecca reads this--you and I have the same admiration for her. Take care--Celia

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Caroline,

When you look at it all together it does seem like a lot, but it has taken YEARS to get to that point of having so much done. I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview!

Thanks for coming by, Caroline!


Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Celia!

YOU HEAR THAT, SARAH???? LOL I tell you, Sarah does ask the best questions--very thoughtful and interesting for readers. I appreciate it. I hope Becca makes it over, too--I know she is about snowed under twith her business stuff right now. She is one coordinated, organized lady! Thanks so much for coming by, Celia!

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Cheryl!

20 questions is a lot of information! I read it all, just so you know. I think the world of your writing and enjoy your heroes, heroines, and villains.

And you're right - charity does begin at home.

Cheers! Maggie

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I hear ya, Cheryl. It was easy to construct the questions for your interview because I've read everything you've written. It was a joy to do it.

Cheryl Pierson said...

hey Maggie,

Good to see you here at SNSD! Yep, 20 questions is a lot of info--I'm glad you read it all! LOL I told Sarah to cut it down if she needed to, but now you know everything about me and probably more than you really wanted to know. Thanks so much for your support, Maggie. I appreciate it so much.

Cheryl Pierson said...

You are a dear, dear person. I appreciate you so much. Thanks again to you and Tina for having me here today, and thanks for your questions. I'll pop back in again later on. This is a great place to be!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Cheryl,

I had to pop in and say hi. I just love your stories! You make the reader fall in love with your characters. You end up laughing or crying with them.

You were asked to pick your favorite story. I can see why you couldn't choose. They're all fantastic.

As for nasty villains--Tabor Harden scared the heck out of me. That was one evil bad guy.

Keena Kincaid said...

Hi, Cheryl,
Thanks for the shout out about my Dirty Little Secrets workshop. I appreciate and I'm glad you got so much out of it.

And I have to say your Sweet Danger is one of the best RS tales I've ever read. I simply couldn't put it down. I hated you the next day when I was trying to function on two hours of sleep, but it was worth it.


Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for taking the time to pop in and say hello! And congratulations on your spot with VTP doing covers! That is very exciting. I am so glad to know how much you enjoy my characters and stories. Thanks so much for your kind words. Can I say that I'm glad Tabor Hardin scared the heck out of you? LOL

Cheryl Pierson said...

Keena, thanks so much for such a nice compliment abou Sweet Danger. I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much. That's exciting that you couldn't put it down--uh...sorry. LOL

I loved your DLS workshop. I wanted to take it again this month, but didn't have the time. Please let me know when you are going to teach it again! Thanks so much for coming by, Keena!

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Cheryl and Sarah,
Sorry I'm late (as always, it seems). Great questions and I loved the interview. My Hubby says my head is growing as I read, though. LOL
I am so fortunate to have friends like Cheryl.

Cheryl is such a talented author it is a pleasure to have any of her stories to offer. She has consented to allow us to release some of them in our 99 cent gallery as singles with their own beautiful covers, too (coming to http://rebeccajvickery.com very soon). Cheryl didn't mention that several of her stories are award winners already and are in competition for more. I hope to get all the awards added at the Victory Tales Press website this weekend.

And Jessica's talent as a cover artist has really added to our beautiful books. She'll actually be working on the covers for her mother's stories -- keeping it all in the family. Jessica's very first cover for us placed 3rd in the P & E Polls. Got to get that award added over there too. LOL

Karen Michelle Nutt has joined us as a cover artist recently (as well as having stories in our anthologies and publishing with us) and is doing a beautiful job. She did the covers on A Court Lady (http://rebeccajvickery.com) and Marquez, and Vulture Gold (http://westerntrailblazer.yolasite.com)

Cheryl's story A Heart for a Heart is another fantastic read and is in our Valentine's Anthology available now. Hop over to
http://victorytalespress.yolasite.com to check out the particulars.

We will soon be adding submissions info to all our sites. We are only 6 months old and are growing in leaps and bounds because of wonderful people like Laura Shinn (our Chief Designer and right hand) Cheryl, Jessica, Karen, and our newest assistant, Laurean Brooks, and of course all the readers out there who support us so wonderfully.

Thanks to Sarah and Tina for their support and assistance to all of us.

Cheryl Pierson said...


So glad you made it over--I know you are really busier than usual (I don't know how you do everything you do!) right now. Thank you for coming over and for telling everyone about Victory Tales Press--I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful publishing house. You tell your hubby you deserve every piece of good praise that comes your way! LOL

Cheryl Pierson said...

REBECCA, I hit the post button too soon-got distracted by the RETIRED HUBBY. LOL Just wanted to also say thank you so much for all YOUR support and encouragement and for all the very kind words about my work. I appreciate you so much. Thanks again for all you do.

Fiona McGier said...

Great interview, but then Sarah always asks interesting questions that allow you to be creative in answering. But I don't know how you can write books in long-hand! I hold the implement too tightly, so my hand cramps up quickly. 8 years of piano lessons and many long nights typing 25-page papers on a manual typewriter for my English degree taught me to type almost as fast as I can think. I guess I'm addicted to technology...but more power to you!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hey Fiona,

I am a very fast typist--I can do over 100 words per minute--which I think a lot of my speed I owe to my years of piano (I was classically trained from the age of 7--had a taskmaster of a teacher and was putting in 2 hours of practice every single day for years) and of course typing those papers for the ol' English degree, too, but I can't think of what I want my characters to say and do as fast as I can type it. LOL Also, I love being able to take my pen and paper with me wherever I go and never have to worry about a low battery or a power source. Just old fashioned, I guess. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!