Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been writing for over twenty years and spread onto the internet in 2004. I write what I know and what interests me at the time. I started a website in my mid-20s on frugal living to share what I was learning as my husband and I got by on one income. A Celiac diagnosis led me to writing about living a gluten free life. I wrote a book about the foster system to help me process the adoption of our children. Now, as I look back on all that I have learned about enhancing my spirituality in the last two decades, I am focusing on sharing the life lessons and spiritual life that have led me to where I am today. I have published six books and illustrated one children’s book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called How to Find More Joy : 90 Days to a Happier You. The last few years have been difficult and beautiful while my husband and I went through the process of fostering, and then adopting, three wonderful children. I realized that I had lost a great deal of joy in that time and, as I talked to others around me, I understood that I wasn’t alone. Many people are unhappy. I wrote this book to help others raise their joy much as I have had to raise mine over the last year.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to be unstructured and will write as fast as I can go then stop for weeks at a time. This year I am working on being more disciplined!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am a science fiction/fantasy book reader at heart. Robert Jordan and Tad Williams are two of my favorite authors. I also enjoy reading self-help and spiritual books.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on writing and illustrating a children’s book. I love being able to combine my love of drawing and my love of writing together!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Twitter and Facebook to promote my books but am reaching out to other areas this year.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write anything, just keep writing. I’ve written blogs, newspaper articles, online magazine articles, how-to’s, poetry and books. Some years I wrote less than others but not giving up has made me the author I am today.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Do as I say, not as I do.” I love this one, my mom used to say it to me all the time when I was growing up. To me, it means do not blindly follow anyone, whether you are listening to them or watching them.
What are you reading now?
I am reading a book about manifestation.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My goal is to focus this year on sharing my spirituality.
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 War of the Flowers by Tad Williams, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and book 1 of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.