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I’m a slow reader and a fast writer.

I wasn't always this way. As a kid, I raced through books. I brought an entire duffel bag of them on family vacations (when people still carried duffel bags), and I finished most of the pile before we returned.

I'm not sure what changed, but I know that I have to envision every word on the page. So, if an author describes a scene, I need to see everyone and everything there before I move on. This takes time.

I'm also picky about language (which means I have to hear the words when I read them, which also slows me down). I love an author who pays attention to how her words sound when read aloud, who uses cadence to help move me through a sentence. [author: Jonathan Safran Foer] is great at this, but there are many, many others.

I don't have those problems when writing. Maybe it's because the story is coming from my brain, not the page. Whatever the reason, I'm not complaining.

On a biographical note: I was adopted in Mississippi, but moved to New Orleans as soon as I finished college. I still live there with my husband and our three hounds.

By odd coincidence, my biological mom was raised in New Orleans, moving on after she gave birth to me. You’ll find the strange saga of my adoption at www.sturtle.com. (It's in the side menu, under "My Adoption Story".)

You can also follow my personal (@sturtledotcom) and professional (@richardread) Twitter feeds. Fair warning: the latter deals mostly with cars and the auto industry, since that's one of my writing jobs. I’m also on Facebook.

And please follow the Spirited Tipplers Facebook page to keep up with our book, The French Quarter Drinking Companion.

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