Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up being forced to learn about history. It grew on me! Now I write historical romance. My husband loves the Western United States and we travel there every chance we get so it made sense to write about that area.
I’ve published seven books so far and have many more in various stages that will be published at some point. It seems I have ideas for stories tucked in everywhere! I hope to have the time to write every single one of them one day!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called “A Troubled Friendship” and it’s about two friends who ultimately fall for the same man. The one who is the most devious in her tactics to win him, ends up losing.
I was inspired to write this as I thought about the struggles a friend of mine had. She lost her husband and she was very lonely. There were no single men in her small town who were a good match for her and she didn’t know what to do. Her friend talked her into doing some internet dating and it was a funny failure.
Her experience made me think of some of the perils of dating and sharing the info when the market is tight!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a busy lifestyle and I have to take free time where it pops up sometimes. If I find that I have a free few minutes, I take out my laptop, put on headphones to give me some quiet, and start writing whatever comes into my head.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I grew up reading romance novels and then I started reading mysteries in my twenties. I realized early that I enjoyed reading books that were easy to read. Not that they were necessarily simple, but written in a way that you didn’t have to wonder what was going on.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a series about three sisters. Of course, they’ll meet their dream men and live happily ever after, eventually. They’re going to have a few hurdles to get to the happily ever after, though.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve had success from time to time giving away free books. When I have a free promotion, I always sell more of the books that aren’t on promotion. I try to do a free promotion about every four to six weeks.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t make your own cover unless you’re a designer. Don’t publish unedited work. Don’t let poor reviews upset you – read them, learn from them if there’s something to be learned, and keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t stop writing.
What are you reading now?
A bunch of chick lit. Jane Eyre, again.
What’s next for you as a writer?
A full length novel.
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 latest John Grisham, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, and Debbie Macomber