Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been a writer all my life, but unintentionally took a seven year hiatus while navigating through a marriage and life as a teacher. While this isn’t the first book I’ve ever written, it’s the first one I’ve published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“A Fateful Melody” is book one in my Song for You series. The idea came to me when I was fifteen at LAX airport. I was visiting my best friend in California and we were waiting for my plane to board when we thought we saw someone famous and my friend had said, “What if he is on your flight?”
As the years went by the story morphed into something else completely. The main characters, Christie and Galvin, have been knocking around in my head for more than half my life. We grew up together and I think a lot of the hard truths we learn as we grow older (that I, at least, learned) are reflected in Christie’s life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night from an amazing dream and start writing a story about it. More often than not writing inspiration hits me in unlikely places: in the middle of teaching a math lesson, waiting for the bus, driving down the highway, washing dishes. I get irritated when I can’t find a pen in those moments!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Growing up I was addicted to R.L. Stein, but as I’ve grown older I thoroughly enjoy anything written by Jonathan Carroll. I also like to indulge in mysteries, especially Heather Blake’s Wishcraft series.
What are you working on now?
I have several projects: finalizing a novella, compiling a book of short stories, writing the first book of a mystery series I planned out, and working on an action story (novella? book? I don’t know yet!) based on a dream I had.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is the first book I’ve had the privilege of promoting, since it’s my first published book. I’m still trying to navigate through the best channels to promote books. I’ve had a good experience with Awesomegang, Armadillo eBooks, freebooks, and Book Daily, but I’m enjoying promoting my book through my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Pinterest.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You’ll never reach your dreams if you’re scared of them. Bite the bullet and march on…. you’ll be so glad you did!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What will happen, will happen and you’ll have to meet it when it comes.
What are you reading now?
“The Witch and the Dead” by Heather Blake and “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m currently looking into writing contests to enter to add to my CV as a writer.
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?
“White Apples” by Jonathan Carroll, “Peter Pan” by JM Barrie, “It Takes a Witch” by Heather Blake, and “How to Survive on a Deserted Island” by Tim O’Shei