Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a Canadian author and advocate who’s goal is to use her life experiences to help anyone struggling through similar challenges. My first book is Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman and it tackles depression, drug use and domestic violence. My second book is called Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee and it delves into the fun and follies of the working world. In June 2016, I released Cottage Cheese Thighs, which teaches how to love your body, flaws and all. I am about to publish my fourth book and first fictional story, Her Own Hero, in April.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Hero Own Hero was inspired for my desire to create a complex female heroine who ultimately saves herself.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write in my comfy recliner with a cold beer. Sometimes my laptop has to contend with my cuddly puppies. They try to squeeze onto my lap while I’m writing and I end up typing one handed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed inspired me to write my first story and it will always be my first pick. I love a variety of books, because sometimes I’m looking for inspiration in my personal life and other days I just need to get lost in a fantasy world.
What are you working on now?
I’m still in the editing stages of Her Own Hero, so I’ve only scratched the surface on my next story, Choosing to be Childless. I plan on debunking the stigma that comes with being a woman who doesn’t want to have children by sharing stories of happy and successful women who never needed children to feel fulfilled.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome gang is pretty awesome! I use goodreads and Twitter a lot as well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up. There will be slow periods and sales might not come as fast as you expect. Don’t stop trying. Sometimes it takes months or years, but once you’ve broken through, all your hard work is worth it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Love yourself. Loving yourself changes everything. It gives you the confidence and self-acceptance to do anything you want.
What are you reading now?
I am just starting Winter’s Curse by the lovely and talented April Wood!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan on turning Her Own Hero into a series and my sixth story will be called Girl on Fire.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Never Ending Story, The Book Thief and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.