Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello! I’ve been a lifelong writer, but just released my first nonfiction book, with a second book of prose coming in the next couple of months.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I just released my first book, On The Sauce: A Cautionary Tale of Being Burned by the Pizza Industry, which is my debut. Written around ten years ago, the inspiration was a job I held at the time. The story and all of its’ crazy twists and turns (and stress, no doubt) made for a great story, and I decided to create a book out of it!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. Most of the time, I’ll write a passage on my phone’s Notes app, and then transfer it to pen and paper. Most of my writing doesn’t take place on a laptop. Maybe that’s unusual!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite authors are Chuck Palahniuk, Charles Bukowski, and a handful of others. So far as direct influences, I wouldn’t say that’s quite it, but they’re the authors I go to more often than not.
What are you working on now?
I am currently compiling my prose to be released later in 2018. I post short pieces of poetry on Instagram regularly (under the handle @wolvesmouthwords), and would love to be able to compile them into a book and put them out, so, that’s the next project!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still learning! I love the options from Awesome Gang, though. It’s really hard to get reviews if a lot of sites won’t let you submit without them! All of the AG options are fantastic, and I hope to see a great return.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t worry about it – just put it out! Whether you make $1 or create a bestseller, it’s still pretty amazing to be able to say you wrote a book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My mother always used to say “you know what’s true” when I was growing up. I’d say that’s the most important advice I’ve ever received.
What are you reading now?
I am about to start Stay Dead by Anne Frasier, the second book in the Elise Sandburg series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continuing to craft tangible writing work out of everyday life. Whether it be more full-length novels or not, there will definitely be more prose and I’ll never stop. I haven’t ever been the type to have a complete plan in place, but flying by the seat of my pants has done me alright so far!
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?
This is a tough one! Chuck Palahniuk – Diary, Charles Bukowski – Tales of Ordinary Madness, and Scott O’Dell – Island of the Blue Dolphins.
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