Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been publishing since October 2012 and am working on book #35. trying to hit 40 books by the end of my fourth year of writing. I write everything from preschool to young adult to supernatural suspense and even a couple of coming books about growing old. I tend to add a lot of spirituality to the books, although some don’t even get close. The stories so far, keep coming and for that I am grateful. We’ll see what happens after 40!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The last book published is called “Correlations” it is a murder, mystery with a touch of paranormal.
I was thinking how little things in life relate to other things and it was long until the book was on its way.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do write everything longhand before I struggle with the typewriter. Mostly I write the books in my head during that strange time between asleep and awake. I don’t know if it has a name, I call it my “Zoning”. I write anywhere and everywhere and do a lot of the writing while waiting in doctors’ offices.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love classic writers and of course Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I was compared to Mr. King, and am flattered, but I believe the novels I write are closer to what Mr. Koontz would write. I read a lot of new authors, I have read 243 books so far this month, so I read a lot. I have found so many new authors that are very talented. I know it is hard to get the word out about the books and try to help when and where I can, especially on twitter where I do Monday Mentions and Friday Reads to push others books (mine too! LOL!) I have 13000 followers so I hope I am helping others a little.
What are you working on now?
I am writing a short story collection about how our world and the one after are closely related and how certain things may be signs from the next world. It will be called “Wings and Whispers.” It is also the third book I have drawn my own cover for.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think Facebook is good, but I also use twitter and Goodreads a lot. I have been very lucky having others to share my posts, tweets and shout outs of the books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you feel. Don’t let anyone tell you there is a right or wrong way to put the words on paper. If you love the story, others will read that in the words. Don’t expect to get rich, if you are in the business for money, you are doing something wrong. Just one reviewer telling you that you’re book meant something to them is worth more than a bank account balance.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t give up and believe in yourself. Not just in writing , but in life in general, f you don’t believe in yourself, nothing goes smoothly. One more thing, always , always give back. No matter how many books you sell or stories you write. someone else needs help too.
What are you reading now?
Anything and everything. Some days I read five or six books. Although one book I haven’t read yet and am planning on buying the paperback of is Stephen Kings book about JFK. I love to read and also love to put reviews on amazon for writers, especially those whose books only have 1 or 2 reviews, I know how special it is when you receive them on your books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Always another book. I would like to try and do an audio book, but am still unsure about doing that. First thing I want to do is finish the 40 books in 4 years for my goal and then go from there.
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?
A notebook first, then I can write new stories.
A thesaurus to look up words.
and a Bible, you can always read and reread that.
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