Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a native of Tennessee, by way of NYC, and now I live in sunny Los Angeles, California. I Just love writing, acting and anything artistic. I have been writing all of my life, actually. Even when I was a little girl, I used to love to make up stories and write them down. I was obsessed with the Judy Blume books – what little girl of the 70’s was not? One day, I thought to myself, “I can do that….” So I started writing some short stories, ghost stories, stories about kids – it just snowballed after that. Writing is just a passion one is born with. I am constantly writing stories in my head. I guess that either makes me a fiction author or a loony!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest is “Guitar God’ and I used to be a bit of a groupie back in the 80’s, so that was my inspiration to write Rock and Roll erotica. “Weekends” was my first book, and that is a romance suspense set at a luxurious beach hotel in California. Jackie Collins is an author who I just adore. She is excellent at what she does! So, I became inspired to write something suspenseful and romantic that takes place at this gorgeous, sexy location. I wrote the first twenty-two pages on a lark just for fun on an old rickety typewriter many years ago. I stuffed them into a drawer and forgot all about them. Then, when I got married and moved in with my husband, he found them in an old box. He asked me what it was and I said “oh…nothing…just me fooling around…” or something like that. Then I got pregnant with my daughter and had plenty of time on my hands, so I decided to put those twenty-two pages on my computer for the heck of it, then I kept on writing it, and kept on writing it, until I had a completed novel. So, I sent out query letters, got a book deal, and the rest is history!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really, just keeping my crazy cat from jumping on my lap while I am writing, lol. I usually write during the day when it’s quiet.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Judy Blume, Jackie Collins and Stephen King. I don’t write horror but I admire how prolific Mr. King is. I love how their word is very character driven. That is what inspires me. I just let my characters tell me what they want to do. Not sure what that style is called, but that is how I write. I just get very involved with my characters on a personal level, and they lead the way. I just type.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on the second installment of my “Boys in the Band” series. I think I may explore the antics of the lead singer this time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The rules are, there are no rules. What worked last week may not work next week. Everything keeps changing, so you have to change with it. I seek the advice of other authors, I find their experience very helpful.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up – don’t do it! If you have a story to tell, then tell it. Don’t get discouraged, and whatever you do, don’t let the negativity from others put a damper on your dreams. Get out there and finish your novel! Write just one page a day if that is all you have time for, but do it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Move to California and go for your dreams! Head West Young Girl! All kidding aside, my late father-in-law, Norman Hudis, was the great English writer and screenwriter. He had written for television, film and books. He gave me wonderful advice over the years, and has given me amazing encouragement, too. He was a fascinating man. He told me I had potential as a writer, so I took his advice and began to write.
What are you reading now?
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. One of the best books ever written.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To not let writer’s block get to me, and to keep plugging away. I get down sometimes, but I always try to remain positive.
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?
Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins, Carrie by Stephen King, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and Forever by Judy Blume.