Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
“La La Feels Blah-La” is my first completed and published book. As president and founder of The Virtue Agency, I’ve spent the last fifteen years writing and developing digital content to maximize brand exposure and engagement for clients across the country. I’ve authored articles that appear on MarketWatch (WSJ), Yahoo! Finance, MNN.com, EWG.org, and HealthyChild.org. I’ve also written creatively my entire life – but not for public consumption.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As a mom to four daughters who is committed to natural and mindful living, I was inspired to write “LaLa’s World” after over a decade of reading countless popular children’s books and realizing that only a handful of stories truly serve to impart spiritual wisdom. My intention with this series was to write something in the same vein as Dr. Wayne Dyer’s children’s books and bestsellers “Incredible You!” and “Unstoppable Me!” that will help my daughters and other children better understand how their beliefs manifest their realities so they can grow up to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write in the morning before my thinking mind is fully awake. I find that I write best when I can just let the story flow out of me rather than overthink which words belong on the page.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My mother was a librarian, so I grew up reading countless literary works of all genres in quiet corners of the local library. Some of my favorite children’s books are The Giving Tree, Green Eggs and Ham, Go Dog Go and Good Night Moon. In terms of adult reads, my primary influencers or favorites are Power of Now, Dune, Fountainhead, Gone with the Wind, Dracula, Silence of the Lambs, and anything Shakespeare
What are you working on now?
I’ve written the second book in the LaLa’s World Series and have a title in mind for the third book. I’m also writing a novel which is in an ambitious narrative and complex format. The sweet simplicity of “LaLa Feels Blah-La” was a much needed break!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find in life you get what you give. I’ve given away a lot of copies of “LaLa Feels Blah-La” in the hopes that the word will spread and I find it works! I also think patience is key – it takes time to grow the right audience. I rely heavily on social media to communicate and share – but NOT sell.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t over-edit yourself! Let the words flow as outrageous or simple they may be and just let the story flow out of you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t take life so seriously, take time to play and spread joy!
What are you reading now?
Little Fires Everywhere
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing!
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?
Power of Now, Awakening the Buddha Within, a Survival Manual.