Virginia
Nosky

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS                                 

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Where did your ideas come from for To a Certain Degree
A: A news story caught my eye about a brilliant woman scientist was not given credit for her work because of a bias against females in science. I made my brilliant woman also gorgeous.
   

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What personal experiences are helpful to you in writing a novel?
A: A writer draws on everything. Try any new experience. I promise you’ll use it sooner or later.
   

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Do you keep a file of ideas?
A: I’m constantly filing stuff away. Finding it can be dicey.
   

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How do you name your characters?
A: Some of them just pop up, some I worry over. All my friends and family appear, but I don’t match them to the character. I hate to get a name wrong because it’s almost impossible to change when you’ve got that name in your head.
   

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What’s the best time to write?
A: Everyone is different. I like about 3 pm ‘til seven, when I have to fix dinner.
   

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Do you think an outline is necessary?
A: I don’t use them. Others always do. It’s a preference.
   

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Are re-writes a chore?
A: I love to rewrite after the first draft is done. That’s when you can tweak details, broaden your characters.
   

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How do you develop a character?
A: As you get into the book, characters begin to assert themselves. After the first draft you know them so well you can polish them up.
   

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What was your motivation for writing each of your books?
A: Little things. In KACHINA, it was a news story about a museum director who had de-acquisitioned works of art on the sly.  CHANCE ENCOUNTERS?  There was an election going on at the time and the papers were full of stories. With PIMA ROAD, I saw a good looking Indian man running along Pima Road. In BLUE TURQUOISE, WHITE SHELL,  I wanted to explore more deeply the ramifications of an interracial love story.
   

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How easy is it to get published today?
A: It’s very hard. You’ve got to stop crying over every rejection and keep plugging away
   

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What do you think of self-publishing?
A: It’s becoming an acceptable alternative to regular publishing.
   

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Why did you choose to write in the romance genre?
A: I think it just chose me. Everything I wrote turned into a love story. I’m just a romantic.
   

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Are most of your settings in the Southwest?
A: The central parts of the story always are. The Southwest’s climate and geography are inherently dramatic. A wild summer thunderstorm is too good to be passed up. It’s a gorgeous state with so many contrasts.
   

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What are you working on now?
A: I’ve got several things going. My head is full of ideas and I’ve got to zero in pretty soon. I love them all, so I’m reluctant to put one away. And I really can’t work on more than one after I get into the one that I can’t stop thinking about..