Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
When I was twelve, I wrote an autobiography for a sixth grade English assignment. In the last chapter, I wrote that I wanted to be an author. When I turned fifty, my dreams came true! And I haven’t stopped writing since. I have self-published six books. Organize The Nancy Way, Secrets Can Be Deadly, 3-Year Journal, Shadow 365, Hidden in Shadow Pines, and Black Roses for Cassidy
I also blog at NancyRoeAuthor.com. You’ll find articles on organizing tips, recipes, craft ideas, computer tips, grammar tips, and unusual holidays. Even my dog, Shadow, writes an article—there has to be humor, and he’s a funny guy!
I’m a Midwest farm girl at heart and currently live in Tennessee with my husband and four-legged child.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Black Roses for Cassidy. I love writing mystery novels. My characters speak to me. (Usually when I go to bed. I have to keep paper and pen on my nightstand.)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I use a 4×6 index card for each character where I note their birthday, habits, likes, dislikes, etc. I also scour magazines or the internet for pictures of what I think the characters look like and print the pictures and glue them to the index card.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I loved reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys growing up.
What are you working on now?
My seventh book and fourth mystery. It will take place in Galena, Illinois and involves a baker who finds a dead body in his apartment, which leads him on a scavenger hunt.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Besides this website? Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Find a critique partner or group. Having input from others is invaluable.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up!
What are you reading now?
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing for as many years as I can.
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?
Short & Tall Tales by Lilian Jackson Braun
Three Novels by Mary Higgins Clark
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories