Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Launching my first book this week!
I am a world traveler and mom to her four young children. I have visited over 25 countries and nearly all 50 states, dragging my kids wherever I can.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Passports and Pacifiers—Traveling the World, One Tantrum at a Time
I was inspired to write my book while in Scandinavia with my four children (7, 5, 3, 1). I had found a Kids-Fly-Free promo so we were spending significantly less than we would have to go many places near our home. The trip was so phenomenal and eye-opening to the kids and I wondered, how can I inspire more parents to travel with their kids?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write a lot in my head as I’m falling asleep or putting a kid down for a nap. If I have my phone, I try to jot it down there so I don’t forget it in the morning. If it’s really good, I get out of bed and at least get a first pass on paper.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Bill Bryson and Christopher McDougall
Currently enjoying work by George Mahood – who I discovered while looking for comps!
Mary Laura Philpott (fellow alum), Michelle Obama, Kristin Hannah
What are you working on now?
Promoting my book which launches this month! Also, I’ve started writing my second book, similar in content to Passports and Pacifiers, but with a different spin. (It’s kind of hard to travel during a pandemic but we’re doing our best to stay entertained!)
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Since I’m launching my first book, I’m really just trying to get it out there. I’ve attended a lot of free classes on Amazon, Goodreads, and have been reaching out to do interviews and podcasts.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep at it. Don’t be afraid to fail.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
About to start Commonwealth by Ann Patchett for my book club. I recently finished Mexican Gothic and Little Weirds which I liked for different reasons. I’ve also been reading Holes and The One and Only Ivan with my kids.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m excited to see where this takes me! I’ve taken a year off of corporate America to spend more time with my kids and focus on my writing.
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?
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson, to reminisce about my time in Australia, to laugh, and to truly freak out about being on a desert island.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Maybe Unbroken to inspire me to survive?