Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a wife, mother, recovering addict, blogger, vlogger and speaker. This past November, I celebrated the 5th anniversary of my sobriety, by releasing this book. It is already being sent to jails and rehabillitation centers by the loved ones of those currently fighting addiction, and my followers have been purchasing, and donating the book to others in need. My heart is bursting at the seams.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book, “High Achiever: The Shocking True Story of One Addict’s Double Life” was inspired by real life events. Not only is the truth of my story is something you would read in a fiction novel, I wanted to give readers insight as to what an addict is actually thinking in those dark and self destructive moments. There is such a stigma attached with addiction, and I wanted to help chip away at it by taking those who don’t understand, along for the ride of their life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Consistently swatting chunky, little baby fingers away from the keyboard while I type, not sure if that counts.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
It may sound silly, but I first discovered a love for reading as a young child thanks to R.L. Stine’s, “Goosebumps” series. By age seven I already had around 50 books under my belt. I craved the escapism the stories provided, and I wanted to be able to create that feeling for others. So, my father bought me a typewriter, and a love of writing was born!
What are you working on now?
I am currently creating content for my social media sights, I am planning a mini book-tour, and I am in the beginning stages of another book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My Facebook fan page has been an incredible tool. I have 250,000+ followers, many of which have purchased and raved about the book on my site. Word of mouth has been huge.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am still a new author myself, so I will share something that helped me immensely. While writing, my mind was constantly reeling about my story. I had thousands of thoughts and ideas swimming around my brain at all times, and it made it hard to focus. Eventually, I began texting messages to myself the moment something popped into my head, that way I could release the idea to something tangible to look back on later, and no longer had to keep it inside my already overflowing mind.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Stop meeting your problems halfway, wait for them to come all the way to you.” – My Mom.
What are you reading now?
Mostly, the instructions to my sons Lego sets, his newfound obsession.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am really excited about my next project, because I feel that it will truly make a difference in the way the world views the people around them. I also plan on dedicating time to my blog, which features stories and insights on motherhood, addiction, marriage and adulting.
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?
1) “How To Survive On a Deserted Island”, by Tim O’Shei. (Kidding.)
2) “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Smith.
3) “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer.
4) “Just For Today” – Narcotics anonymous.