Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a married mother of two little girls. I have spent the last nine years of my life working in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. I just published my very first novel. I never considered writing until one day this summer, I had a crazy idea to try it out. I found that it came naturally, and I enjoyed it. It brought back memories that I had been voted biggest storyteller my senior year…who knew that 15 years later it would be the truth
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
A New Dawn. It’s about a victim of domestic violence. I was inspired because in my line of work, I see a lot of women who are beaten down. They continually return to their situations and lose themselves. I wanted to show women that they don’t have to be victims. They need to fight and save themselves.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I try to sneak it in when I have free time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Nora Roberts, Jojo Moyes, and Nicholas Sparks
What are you working on now?
I have an idea for my next story, but don’t have it on paper yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is new to me. I made my first announcement on Facebook to let friends and family know. They usually feel obligated to buy. If they like it, they forward onto their friends. I also researched on Pinterest best ideas to promote your books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write what you feel. Once you see it on paper, it takes on a life of its own. You may end up with a storyline that differs from your original idea, but it may be better.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It actually came from my dad when I was younger as an athlete. He said no matter how good you are, there will always be someone better. You just need to work that much harder to earn your place, and you’ll appreciate it more.
What are you reading now?
I’m going to read a story about serial killer HH Holmes
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve got another story to write.
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?
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks