Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
THE LINCOLN PENNY may be my debut novel, but I have been writing literally all my life. I began writing for pleasure at a young age, then honed my skills as a professional copywriter with over 25 years’ experience in the field of Marketing. In addition, I am a graphic artist by trade, which allowed me to design my own book cover. History is a lifelong passion for me as well. As an avid Civil War reenactor, I have participated in Civil War era events held at national battlefields and heritage sites throughout the East Coast of the United States.
In between writing and traveling to historic battlegrounds and forts, I am a devoted grandmother. I find time to ride my Harley and camp with my husband. Bob is a wonderful supporter in everything I do. I may be retired, but I am busier than ever.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
They say the most effective writers write about what they know. In my case, I would say that is absolutely true. My debut novel, THE LINCOLN PENNY, breathes life into a period of American history, the Civil War, because I have lived it myself. As a reenactor, who assumes the persona of a proper American lady living during 1861 – 1865, I have a chance to honor and study history and teach others what it was like back then. Civil War reenactors are very serious about authenticity and present the most realistic impression possible to the public. I know what it’s like to awaken at the crack of dawn to a bugle’s razor-sharp call to Reveille or to recoil from the powerful blast of cannon fire. I have walked among Gothic archways in massive brick fortifications and danced the Virginia Reel at a soiree. I have camped amid a sea of white canvas in a simple A-tent on a barren hillside dotted with crackling campfires. Sometimes it feels so real you think you’re there.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I would describe myself as an immersive writer. For me the experience is all consuming, day and night. I don’t know how unusual it is, but I would say my favorite times are pecking away at the keys on my laptop in an overstuffed pink, rocker recliner from my granddaughter’s nursery at sunrise with my morning coffee. It’s a great way to start the day.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Off the top of my head, classic H.G. Wells, “The Time Machine” and modern-day Diana Gabaldon, “Outlander” Series are inspiring reads. For American history, I am also captivated by two remarkable writers, Michael Shaara and Jeff Shaara and their Civil War Trilogy: “Gods & Generals,” “Killer Angels” and “The Last Full Measure.” And, there are so many more!
What are you working on now?
Readers say they are looking forward to Book 2. So I am currently working on “Casemate 8″ which is a continuation of The Lincoln Penny Time Travel Series. The story continues the lives of the characters from Book 1 with new and intriguing people, exciting twists and turns in the plot, and introducing even more historical figures, places and events from the Civil War period.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I would say number one right now is “Awesomegang,” which offers me a wonderful opportunity to connect with readers. I appreciate this site. Other methods are through Kindle Direct Publishing, Twitter, Facebook and special groups on Facebook for authors.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It’s a great adventure … never give up on your dream.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway
What are you reading now?
Diana Gabaldon’s eighth book in the “Outlander” Series: “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood”
What’s next for you as a writer?
Write, write, write. Read, read, read. However, in all seriousness … I may be able to create an intriguing story and publish a great book, but it is ultimately the reader that gives it life. So, a huge thank you to all my readers! As long as they say they are entertained and encourage me on, all the better.
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?
Oh my goodness. I’m afraid I would have to select something practical like “how to survive on a desert island” or “how to build a raft.” But, to answer your questions: Gone With the Wind, Shogun and Life of Pi