Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a stay at home mom to two school-aged boys (which means ALLLLL the quiet time for writing!). If I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading, binging Netflix, or online gaming with my husband. Also, I’m obsessed with cats. One day I only hope to be that crazy cat lady everyone always talks about. LOL
I have written one (published) book and many in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
We Were Memories is my book baby. My very FIRST published book. It’s incredibly special to me. I pulled a little bit of some of the character traits from people I know, and some of it I had in a reoccurring dream. I have VERY vivid dreams.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I try to write a lot during the day while my boys are in school but I have the best writing sessions late late at night. I’m talking 2-6am late. I turn the tv on, mute it, get a drink and get to writing. Sometimes I like to browse Pinterest for inspiration to get the juices flowing. I will see an image and it just takes off like electricity through my fingertips!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My all-time favorite book is Thicker Than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and Claire Riley. YES it has zombies in it – NO that doesn’t even scrape the surface of my love for that book.
Only a few books have truly stayed with me after reading them and this one just punched me in the gut. I cried for days.
I also love anything Renee Carlino and Pepper Winters.
What are you working on now?
Now, I am working on a second book to We Were Memories. WWM isn’t a cliffy but you’re going to want this one as a follow-up!
I’m also working on a couple secret projects. One is a twisted fairy tale for an anthology and the other is a full length PNR romance novel. (All coming 2018)
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I love Instagram and Goodreads! I love photos and as far as Goodreads – my TBR list has almost 2,000 books on it. Every time I hop on I get sucked into their black hole and can’t get out until it’s well past my bedtime.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write. It doesn’t matter if it’s any good or not. You can always polish up your writing but you can’t fix what isn’t there.
Writing my first draft seemed intimidating until I sat down and just did it. That’s it. Just DO IT! When I finished, the weight was lifted and I KNEW I could do this author thing and so can you!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Hire a professional editor AND proofreader. Even if you think you can do it on your own. Save up, sell a kidney if you must…. Communicate with your editor. Nine times out of 10 they will gladly work with you.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. Next, I am going to start Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose!
What’s next for you as a writer?
For 2018 I have the fairy tale anthology story, a full-length PNR romance novel, and WWM book two. Also, WWM will have its own page in a coloring book coming spring 2018! It’s going to be a busy year!
For 2019, I’m not too sure yet. I’m just taking it one day at a time and adding on to my calendar as I go!
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?
1. Thicker Than Blood by Claire Riley and Madeline Sheehan
2. Twisted Together by Madeline Sheehan
3. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
4. The Law Of Moses by Amy Harmon