Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series, which is a series of picture story books about a little boy and his teddy bear. Currently this series has three installments (Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, Halloween Ride) with more coming, including The Missing Alphabet, which will be published June 2019 and Sleigh Ride, to be published November 2019. Each year, I plan to come out with two or three books about Gregory and Sammy and their adventures together. All of these books can be read alone and in whatever order you wish.
I also write chapter books for children, such as a trilogy about a spunky fairy. For adults, I like to write romances and frontier/westerns.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I first created Gregory Green after my son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. He had a Cabbage Patch Doll named Sammy, and that’s how Sammy the Teddy Bear came to be.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a physical Sammy the Teddy Bear that sits on my desk. He tries to distract me a lot, but he tells me adventures, too.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
For children’s books: Curious George, Corduroy, Tinkerbell
For adult books: Debbie Macomber, Jan Karon, Beverly Lewis
What are you working on now?
I am always working on the next book for A Gregory Green Adventure series. I am also writing my fairy books and revising the first book in a frontier/western series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My daughter, Chrys Fey, orchestrates blog tours for me for my new releases and lines up reviewers. Those are two of the most important things done to promote my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Find a small group of local writers/authors. Many get-together at the library for a meeting once a month. I am part of a group that meets for lunch once a month. During these gatherings, you can give advice or get advice and talk to other writers about your struggles or successes. That connection is important.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Then do it.” What my coworker told me when I said I’d always wanted to write a book.
What are you reading now?
An Amish book.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing!!!! I will also be a featured author at Space Coast Book Lovers, held in June each year in Florida.
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 first four books of Jan Karon’s Mitford series.