Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written six books, four of which are nonfiction. On the fiction side I have written a romance novel, I DREAM IN WHITE, and my most recent historical novel described below.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
THREADS A Depression Era Tale. It’s set in 1934 and the readers hears the voices of three sisters who are 7, 11, and 17. When the young Nellie discovers the blue-black foot of a dead baby while she’s digging for pirate treasure, the girls band together to solve the mystery. The inspiration was my grandparents who were struggling on a Michigan farm during the Great Depression. They had three daughters who came of age during that time. The rest of the tale, however, is solely from my imagination.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing unusual, although I like to have a second computer nearby to fact check when I’m writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Mark Twain, Elizabeth Berg, Daphne DuMarier, Liane Moriarty, the list goes on and on. Qute an eclectic group.
What are you working on now?
A historical novel set in the 1950’s. A farm wife/Sunday school teacher finds her husband dead under mysterious circumstances. Donna Reed meets Gone Girl.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m definitely not an expert on marketing. I plan on hiring a publicist.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, write, write, and then write some more.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be patient! I’m not a patient person and I’d like my life to be less hurried.
What are you reading now?
EDUCATED A Memoir by Tara Westover.
It’s a great selection for book clubs.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a Book Launch Party coming up and some book fairs. I’d like to say I’ll have a first draft done in the next few weeks but I can safely say that’s not happening.
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?
Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
A collection of the best poetry in English.
An anthology of Charles Dickens.