Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have an MM, Boston University College of Fine Arts, & spent over 25 years as a musician, composer, teacher, and conductor in the New England area. Originally a trumpet player, I am currently learning piano and recorder, and hacking around with my neighborhood garage band.
When not working on a book, I enjoy reading, creating art and jewelry, puzzles, baking, and walking my greyhound. The family dinner is a daily priority for me, as confirmed “foodie.” I usually prepare it to the soundtrack of vintage radio programs, as well as the news of the day.
I have written over 20 books. My bibliography includes a wide variety of genres, including curricula, classical music, historic children’s fiction, cooking, and crafts. My books have appeared on top-ten lists, including Music Appreciation, Music History, Hot New Curriculum, and Quick and Easy Cooking. Currently, I am creating picture books, including the art.
The best books give something to the reader, whether it’s skill, knowledge, or just the pleasure of a good story. It’s really exciting that people are reading and enjoying my work. The feedback from my readers has been priceless, all of it, and I hope they keep it coming.
Training as a classical musician taught me to focus my energy and enthusiasm, so I achieve my goals. It’s a very satisfying life.
I am a brain aneurysm survivor.
A native of New Jersey, I live on the New England coast with my husband and 2 teenagers.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I recently released the ebook, “Covered with Love,” an ABC book about a puppy who is reminded just how many people love her, when friends and family collaborate on a special quilt for her birthday. It was inspired by the quilters group of First Lutheran Church in West Barnstable, MA, who cover the youth of their church with love, by presenting each with a quilt upon his high school graduation.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, I do stay up pretty late, but that’s par for the course with a lot of creative people.
How about this – I use a pencil and paper. That’s probably downright radical!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I admire authors who make an effort to keep their books wholesome and family-friendly, like Miss Read and Joann Fluke.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on “I am an American,” a children’s picture book that gives kids a chance to stand, yell, and cheer for their pride in this country. (sneak-peek on Instagram @ to.the.republic )
It started when I discovered the story in a 100-year-old children’s book by Sara Cone Bryant. That line, “I am an American” stayed with me.
It feels so good to say it. So reassuring. Try it:
“I am an American.”
Isn’t that amazing, how that feels?
On researching Sara, I learned that she and I come from the same state, and even graduated from the same school. To my further amazement, the art for this book came to me completely & effortlessly. I feel truly blessed to be called to bring Sara’s story to our children, who hunger for pride in their country. They are bombarded with so many negative messages about America, but Sara’s message is as vital now as it was then:
…a love for our country that begins in the heart, radiates out, and shines as a beacon of light and hope for people everywhere…
If we can just teach our children a simple love for our country, I truly believe they can grow up to make this country – and the world – the kind of place we want to leave to them.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Twitter seems to bring the most results, so far.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just put something on the paper. Write down every idea in your head about your book, as they come to you. And pick up your socks.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Michael Landon said to make every day count, don’t wait for “someday” to create whatever it is you dream of creating.
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m planning to enthrall you with the short list of books I would want, if I were to be stranded on a desert island. Further down the road, I hope to create a sequel to “I am an American.”
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 Bible, The Best Loved Poems of the American People by Hazel Felleman, and the biggest P.G. Wodehouse anthology available.