Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an adult with an inner child that has always had a passion for science fiction. I love to watch the creations people produce and to see how limits are stretched. As child, I was considered not the norm in my household because of my imagination and how I perceived things. I was always different. Even though I’m a nurse and that is fulfilling to a degree, I always felt I needed more. I have written stories in the past but decided now was the time to pursue a career in writing. I recently published my first book, Connor, in October 2013.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Connor is the name of my recently published book. Growing up there wasn’t that much cultural diversity on shows, in books or in movies. I always wanted to see a superhero that looked like me. Unfortunately, I still don’t see that much diversity and was inspired to write a science fiction story that contained just that.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know if this is considered an unusual habit but, while writing, I usually have a science fiction show or movie playing on the television but keep the volume on low.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Authors such as Octavia Butler, James Patterson, Gwen Hunter, and Kelley Armstrong have influenced me to take a chance. They cover several different genres but I consider each to be a superb writer. I feel there is an audience out there for everybody.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the second book under the Connor series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am in the beginning stages of promoting my book but so far I feel goodreads has given me great insights and ideas.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I suggest staying organized when it comes to promoting, don’t expect a lot so soon, quickly grow thick skin and keep writing if that is really what you want to do.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I have heard everyone will get more of their share of bad reviews so quickly grow thick skin.
What are you reading now?
I am presently reading, ‘Lust, Money, & Murder’ by Mike Wells.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will continue to promote my first book as I delve into writing my second book. I plan on having the second book finished my by next summer 2014.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is ‘Betrayal’ by Gwen Hunter. I can appreciate the struggles the main character has to endure to survive but overcomes them in the end.