Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing since I was a small child and have a passion for both reading and writing. I am especially fond of paranormal romance, which is my chosen genre in which most of my books are written. Currently, I have one published active novel, two retired novels (getting ready to re-release), and one retired novella (also ready for re-release as part of a series). I also have dozens of others in varied states of completion. In my spare time, I love watching movies, especially horror movies, reading anything I can get my hands on, and playing with my young son. I spend time with my husband exploring New York, where we’ve made our home for just over a year. When I’m not writing, I’m a full time Digital Marketing Manager at a firm in Manhattan, a career I’ve pursued for more than 15 years.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest release is The Whisperer. I was inspired by Laurel K. Hamilton’s imaginative portrayal of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, and the way she commands packs of animals. I took that, along with my own creative application, and wove it into something very different and on the edge.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I hate plotting, and I would rather stare at a page with writer’s block than try to outline a piece (since I never truly stick to the outline anyway). Unlike most writers, I put words on the page really fast. That probably comes from being a ghostwriter under deadline. But my ideas form almost too quickly for my fingers, and I can finish a full-length novel in first draft in a couple of weeks. I also tend to do a lot of snacking while I write, and when I’m in the zone, I put on my earbuds and blast 90’s and new hard rock and metal.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The list is extensive, but probably the most influential are Laurel K. Hamilton, Jude Devereaux (Remembrance is my all-time favorite), JR Ward, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and the classic J.R.R. Tolkein.
What are you working on now?
I’ve got my hands in a number of projects, but I’m especially working on re-releasing a paranormal werewolf romance, the first in a set of three novellas about witches and vampires, and a project about angels and demons and reincarnation.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still exploring this, so any go-to favorites suggested are always welcome.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Sometimes, it takes thousands of submissions to even get a bite. And if you decide to go the self-publishing route, don’t even try it until you’ve had a professional editor’s assistance. It’s crucial, if you want return customers. That being said, the sky is the limit, and there’s a market for anything.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t take it personally. If you worry too much about other people’s judgment, you’ll be conquered by anxiety and never get anywhere.
What are you reading now?
I’m checking out some new authors of New Adult Dystopian series in a 10-book collection.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m just going to keep plugging along and build my portfolio, hoping others take as much pleasure in my stories as I do.
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?
Remembrance (Jude Devereaux), The Stand (Stephen King), and Odd Thomas (Dean Koontz) for sure. Wait, can I take a loaded Kindle instead?
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