Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve written 10 books and self-published 3 and recently was traditionally published by Black Rose Writing. I had given up on trying to become “the next Judy Blume” when Black Rose offered me a contract. I actually had forgotten I sent them a submission!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Till It Stops Beating was inspired by three things: my work with teens over the last 20 years as an educator and counselor, my own struggles with an anxiety disorder as a teen, and my grandmother who passed away just as she was about to submit her poetry to publishers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I prefer to write on my front porch—rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Authors: Judy Blume and JD Salinger. Books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Cure for Broken Hearts, Warm Bodies
What are you working on now?
I have a few projects that are very different from one another: an upper middle grade about a homeschooled girl whose the daughter of two famous writers and is tossed into public school when they decide to stop touring the world and I’m also dabbling with a sequel to Till It Stops Beating.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
No method per say just get out there as much as you can and talk with other authors to see what they are doing and try it all!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Work on your craft FIRST!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
The Museum of Heartbreak
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep writing what is in my soul and needs to be shared.
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 19th Wife, Catcher in the Rye, Forever, Some Assembly Required