Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and adopted at the tender age of 3 months by a wonderful Christian couple in Live Oak, Florida. I grew up on a farm, participating in 4-H and learning that earning your own money to pay your way is one of life’s most valuable lessons. I was brought up in church, where I was taught respect and moral values that are still important to me to this day.
I was able to give back to her wonderful parents by helping my father care for my mother, who suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease, and later by taking care of my father who passed away from Cancer only one year before my mother. I spent the biggest part of my life in Live Oak, raising my five children up until 2014, when I met and married the love of my life and moved to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.
Together my husband and I are slowly remodeling one of the oldest houses in the small rural town we live in. We spend an incredible amount of time traveling to see our five grand-children, which means that a lot of my writing gets done on the road, and some of those grand babies tend to pop up in these stories now and then.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Magic Trixie and the Crystal Witch, which is about a young girl who thinks her daddy is the greatest stage magician the world has ever known, until she learns that they are really from a world where Magic is real, and she was actually a Princess! When she finds out that her evil aunt has stolen the throne and is oppressing her people, little Trixie decides that it doesn’t matter how young she is; there must be a Reckoning!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Oh, my goodness! I guess my biggest one is that I have to force myself to stop editing. If it were up to me, my books would never get finished because I can always find something more to add.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Terry Pratchett, Tolkien, Tad Williams and a lot of others. I’m sure the list would take several pages if I could remember them all.
What are you working on now?
My next book will be the continuation of the Promise of Magic series. PJ is going to find herself trapped in World War 2, and makes an unusual new friend. Together, they work to stop Hitler from defeating the world, while King Arthur and her Company try every way they can to bring her back!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m personally fond of www.bookady.com, for two reasons. First, it’s the only real bookseller that pays authors instantly, and second, because I’m one of its founders. We work hard to promote all of our books and authors, and you’ll be hearing a lot about us from now on!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. Don’t quit, and always get the opinions of others! We tend to either think too highly of our own work, or too little, and either one is a mistake! get others to read it and give you honest feedback, and you’ll learn what you need to do to make your books come to life for the readers!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t try to make your own covers!
What are you reading now?
Terry Pratchett’s Snuff
What’s next for you as a writer?
More books, of course. I can’t help it, I just can’t stop!
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 Lord of the Rings trilogy. Nothing beats them.
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