When is your next book coming out? - My next project is a co-written (with Diana Black, Melinda Richarz Bailey), non-fiction titled, Women Only Over Fifty (WOOF), a humor book targeted toward the over-fifty woman itching to howl at the aging process. It will be published by Echelon Press, LLC., and is set for release in May, 2008. I'm also several chapters into Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle, Book Four (2009).
Tell us a little more about WOOF? - Women Only Over Fifty (WOOF)...who are still puppies at heart. From Oprah to Ellen to our water aerobics instructor, it’s all about the joys of aging! How 50 is the new 30! Whatever! Some of us are hounded by middle-age. We’re dog-tired, wrinkled as a Sharpei and barking like a bitch. Enter WOOF: For the over-fifty woman itching to howl at the aging process. From issues of graying hair, expanding waistlines, and wrinkling tattoos, to embracing triumph over personal tragedy, WOOF raises four paws to our past accomplishments, present realizations and future dreams. Are you up to it...dogtrotting alongside this sisterhood taking the second half of life by the tail? We know you are. After all, the past 50 years you’ve gained freedom! You’ve gained power! You’ve gained wisdom! (Don't tell us you think weight is the only thing you've gained. Oh, you so need WOOF...)
What do you like to read? - Read? What's that? I spend so much time writing, blogging, marketing, etc., that I have very little time to read. I do love fantasy and historical fiction. I still laugh thinking about how, as a teen, my aunt, the local librarian, would sneak books by Kathleen Woodiwiss for my reading pleasure, although they were a tad too "mature." I'd already devoured all the age-appropriate fiction, and she was determined to see that I'd never get bored with books. And, I didn't!
Who has influenced your writing the most? -My dad was the biggest influence. He was an award-winning journalist for almost 40 years, and had a wonderful writing style and voice. His characters had such definition that, I'd swear, they almost jumped off the page! I'm also swayed by the writing of Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird), J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling.
Pets? Hobbies? - We adore our senior-citizen mix-breed, Molly, and dread the day when she's no longer with us. As to hobbies, I enjoy golf, swimming, and watching all kinds of sports. I'm an avid Indiana Hoosier basketball fan, NFL football fan, and also enjoy watching NASCAR, golf, and the Olympics.
What's a typical day for Mary Cunningham the author? - I wake up and have some coffee. Turn on my computer. Have another cup of coffee. Open my e-mails. Hit delete 75 times, or so. Have another cup of coffee ... well, you get the idea. I try to write every day, but don't like to force it. If the words aren't flowing, I do something else and then go back to it. I love writing when my brain is working so fast, my fingers can barely keep up. And, this is going to sound really weird, but I must have my shower and be dressed before I can write. I have a friend who writes in her jammies. Not me! Now, I don't have to be in black pants and white cashmere sweater! Jeans and a t-shirt will do quite nicely. Just so I'm dressed.
What's your favorite pair of shoes? - My favorite shoes are a pair of navy slippers my husband gave me for Christmas. They're made out of the same memory foam used in mattresses and feel like comfy pillows for the feet. They're warm, too!