Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My debut novel, Available to Chat, was just published by Booktrope.
The book is sizzling Women’s Fiction. Recently an essay I wrote about reconciling motherhood and writing steamy novels was published by The New York Times.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My novel is titled Available to Chat. I was struck by how often I was hearing about the lure of social media friendships. I found myself trying to imagine how people go from, “Let’s be Facebook friends and discuss our kids’ sports to …whatcha wearing?”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I live in Minnesota and I am cold from October to April. In our den, where the computer is, we have an electric fireplace. I used to write a couple minutes then go stand by the fireplace. Three winters ago I bought myself a portable heater and I write with it on my lap. Not getting up to stand by the fireplace every five minutes helped me finish my book! True story!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Some of my all time favorites are: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
Classics, To Kill a Mockingbird and everything Jane Austen.
What are you working on now?
I’m venturing into romance. I’m working on a book about a character in her late thirties. I think writing romance is tough! It’s hard to write something contemporary and figure out what can keep a couple apart. But I’m enjoying the challenge!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word-of-Mouth! I think all my friends wanted to read my book because they didn’t see me as a sizzling-type writer!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get beta readers, then listen to what they say and make sure it resonates with you. There’s a difference between someone telling you they have a personal dislike for main characters with beards and a real story issue.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The world does not reward the perfect book, the world rewards the finished book. (At some point you have to say this is strong, not perfect, but strong.)
What are you reading now?
Sarah Addison Allen – First Frost
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish novel two and more essay writing. I’ve found i love doing it!
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?
How to catch and eat raw fish. How to build a shelter. And the complete works of Jane Austen – annotated.