Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a momma in a blended family of seven, Literacy Coach, English teacher, podcaster, business owner, and homeschool mom. I’ve published eleven books and have a list of upcoming new titles that I’m currently working on. I write clean books for all ages.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Raptor Revolution is my latest MG Historical Fiction novel, inspired by the American Revolution. I love that time period in our nation’s history and have always dreamed of writing a book with animals. The Raptor Revolution (Red-tailed hawks) are led by a crazy king to take over the territories of Christmas Mountain. The O.R.E.O. militia, led by Samuel Adams Squirrelly, must change the course of history.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My summer months are filled to the max with writing days. I don’t have a lot of time to write during the school year due to my full-time literacy coach job and homeschooling, so I’m pretty much a summer writer. I wouldn’t necessarily call that unusual. I will say that Mountain Dew and Hershey’s chocolate bars often accompany me on my writing evenings.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Bradbury, Tolkien, Meyers, King, and Sparks are my authors that have influenced me the most. I started writing in 8th grade, so the Sweet Valley High series started off my love of writing. I never shared any of my work. I will never forget reading A Walk to Remember as an adult and thinking to myself – I need to do this. I need to write again. My author journey began.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on my second book of illustrated poetry called, Heartbeats, have to write my first adult sweet romance before the end of September to meet a deadline, and am compiling an anthology of 20 authors called, Everyday God Things, where all proceeds will go to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome Gang has been my first book promotion site that I’ve discovered. I’m so thankful for this opportunity and have shared it out with all of my author friends. I’m now learning how to promote my eleven books, so I’m learning each day something new.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never stop writing. Have the courage to push through any self-doubt and continue to improve your craft each day. Set daily goals. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be you. Honor your blank page. Write your story.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Stay true to who you are and let your authentic voice be heard.
What are you reading now?
The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a fall book tour scheduled, so I’ll be on the road connecting with readers!
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?
Pride and Prejudice (I read it every year); The Hobbit, Fahrenheit 451, The Bible