Q1. Tell us about yourself. What are your favorite books to read?
A. As a kid, I was a slow reader and loved math and science (A geeky, clumsy girl). The first book I really loved was a biography of Marie Curie. Even now, my favorites are stories of people who follow their hearts and dreams instead of society’s expectations. “The Help”, “The Light Between Oceans” are a few.
Q2. Where did the inspiration to write come from?
A. I was 64 and almost retired from careers in science and education. Some stories I heard needed to be told. They were my grandmother’s, mother-in-law’s, and those of dear friends, all immigrants who had survived terrible times in Europe before and during World War II.
Q3. How did you come up with the titles of your books?
A. The first title, “Heroines of the Kitchen Table” was because I had heard the remarkable stories of four brave women at their kitchen tables. My most recent book was a comment from a beta reader, “Magnolias Don’t Blo…