Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I appreciate this opportunity to share. I was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. I currently reside in San Francisco, California where I work as a flight attendant for a major carrier. When I’m not soaring above 30,000 feet, I continue to hone my delight for written expression, in particular, non-fiction works of inspiration for people of all ages and walks of life.
While many would forego crowded cafes and bustling metropolises, I move in close, drawn by my keen interest in social and cultural anthropology. In fact, I have embarked upon an extensive self-guided study to better understand humankind. It is this passion and interest that fuels my desire to publish stirring and authentic anthologies and stories.
To date, I have published one book, Start Again: Inspiration from the Sunny Side of Adversity. An anthology of overcoming adversities, in which six women share candid and heartfelt stories of their climb from the depths of human trafficking, domestic violence, homelessness, infidelity, and grief.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I am extremely excited about the June 2018 release of my second anthology, Daddy’s Words, which honors our favorite superhero—DAD! This anthology is comprised of 25 stories from men and women, sharing their most precious lessons and memories of their fathers. Stories ranging from life-enriching and heartfelt to those that make us laugh uncontrollably. I felt compelled to place the spotlight on fathers who are and have empowered the women and men in their lives through their life lessons, humor, and unforgettable example.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m always scouring the internet to learn as much as I can about the writing process. Based on my discoveries, I don’t believe I have any unusual writing habits. I like to sit in a sunny park to stir my creative juices. Though, I’m not certain that counts as unusual.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My list of most influential authors is too long to list. I’ll share my top five: Toni Morrison – Alice Walker – Maya Angelou – Brene Brown – Wayne Dyer
What are you working on now?
In addition to my June 2018 release, celebrating fathers, I will release my third anthology in October 2018. In this book, contributors recount moments when they stared fear square in the eyes and with no chance of retreating, they forged ahead and came through victorious.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I attempt to use every nook and cranny available to promote my books. I have joined numerous groups on Facebook. I use my local libraries, word of mouth, paid advertisement, and all of the popular social media platforms, i.e. Instagram, Twitter, etc. I also use my personal blog, which I update weekly. I realize there are so many untapped resources. So, I’ve started an Excel spreadsheet to list them all for future use.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
We get better as we practice our craft. So, I would advise writers to stay in the flow. Write as often as you can. Use your lunch break at work to write. Discover your best time for writing (morning, noon, or night) and commit to writing every day at that time. You don’t have to write for hours. The idea is to treat the writing process like a career rather than a hobby that you engage periodically. Make the commitment.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice as it relates to writing is to keep reading and writing and ask for feedback. That is how our writing muscle will be strengthened.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading two books: Principles by Ray Dalio and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to continue improving, learning and growing. I hope to engage in more speaking opportunities and workshops as I spread my wings as an anthologist, writer, and publisher.
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?
Because I’m stranded, I will need inspiration, laughter, and grit to sustain my sanity. So, my island library would consist of: Dr. Seuss – the Bible – George Carlin – and Maya Angelou.