What is your favorite book that you wrote?Soaring Eagle stretched into a longer story, so my favorite is all three books in the Santa Fe Trail Trilogy: Soaring Eagle, White Grizzly, and Meadow Lark.Was it hard for you to become an author?Oh yes! I had so much to learn about plotting and characterization and pacing and so many other things. The first thing I learned was that I didn’t know much, so I took classes and learned. Little by little, my writing became better and better. Even so, it was ten years before anything I wrote was published.Have you written any snake books?There’s a snake---a rattler---in Soaring Eagle, but I haven’t written an entire book about snakes.How did you write books?First I get an idea that really really really really excites me. Then with that inspiration, I think and scribble notes and make webs of ideas and ask myself lots of questions like “What if….?” Or “What’s this person like? What does he want?” Sometimes I write about what I’m going to write “for real” later on. Or I write out questions for myself, like “What would happen if ……?’ All that is part of planning or plotting. After I have a pretty good idea of my characters and story, after it is plotted, then I let myself get into the “real writing”--writing action and scenes and dialogue, and that’s really fun. (By the way, that’s only how I do it. There are as many different ways of writing a book as there are writers. Some other authors start writing and find out what’s going to happen as they write.)Are any of your books inspired by your friends of family?No.