Featured Interview With Denise McLachlan
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I live in NJ in the same town where I grew up. When I was in my twenties I moved to Dallas, Texas and started working for an insurance company that transferred me to a few different cities, so I got to see a lot of the United States. About 10 years ago I moved back to New Jersey. At that time I had been seriously making jewelry for about 5 years and opened an Etsy store to sell my jewelry.
Jewelry is my passion, I am working full-time right now which doesn't give me enough time for making jewelry or writing. I hope to be able to work for myself soon because I love making jewelry and sharing my passion with others.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I've loved books all of my life. My mother read to me and my siblings when we were small and when I started going to school I couldn't wait to start reading. I spent my summers with my nose in books, belonged to the summer reading club at the library and read everything I could. I started writing about a year ago when I decided that I wanted to share my love of crafting jewelry.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are Sue Grafton, P.D James, J.A. Jance, Monique Martin and several others. I like to read detective stories and Agatha Christy got me hooked on them very early in my life. I really don't know who inspires my writing because my books are do-it-yourself books. I guess I'm inspired by being able to help others to learn how to make jewelry.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is about how to make earrings, for beginning jewelry artists. I show how to make earrings that are easy and intermediate in difficulty. After each set of directions I give some design alternatives or suggestions on changing the look of the earrings to make them into your own style. There is also a companion workbook for sale on Amazon.
Book #1 Fun & Easy DIY Jewelry For Children and Beginners was published last year at this time. This book, Fun & Easy DIY Earrings, was scheduled to come out in the spring and was delayed because I broke my shoulder and arm in 3 places and couldn't write or make jewelry. I started to write this book in May and it took 3 months to complete it.
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