Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am originally from Richmond, VA and I currently live with my husband Todd and two dogs Honey and Jack in Phoenix, AZ. I have been in 4 collaborative books and have written 2 books of my own.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I love giving aspiring authors an outlet to share their wisdom and gifts. My purpose is to make book publishing accessible to those who have a desire to get to express their gifts. The latest book I compiled with a group of 57 authors called, When I Rise, I Thrive: Healing Trauma Through Shared Stories of Personal Transformation. A deeply transformative book featuring shared stories of breakdown to breakthrough. Helping the reader know they are never alone no matter what challenges they may face. We come together to express a joined voice of hope specifically concerning: divorce, depression, illness, traumatic injury, and emotional and physical abuse.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a special spot where I like to work in my home, I grab some hot tea and let the words flow. Sometimes if I can’t get the creative juices flowing I go to the local Starbucks and listen to the people around me and write as quickly as possible. I’m an introvert and this technique helps me get the words to paper efficiently, so I can come home accomplished.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert. I also love mystery novels and most anything by Stephen King.
What are you working on now?
I am starting a new project at As You Wish Publishing with 20 authors called “Healer”. The intention is to bring expert wisdom to those currently looking into the healing world, new healers, as well as, inspire those people struggling with their healing journey.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best method I have found is enlisting authors to bring a few people on board as a launch team and having them promote the project to their social media and more. All though I’m new to Awesome Gang I will be promoting with you as you have come highly recommended by my other publisher friends.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best advice for new authors is to not get discouraged. Trust that what you have to say is valuable, important and matters. When we share our knowledge with the world we always make it a better place. Write something every day and know someone needs to read that article, blog or book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be patient and trust that the next project, situation, positive interaction will open up for you.
What are you reading now?
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have been bouncing around some ideas about writing some business books for the spiritually minded.
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?
A Course In Miracles, Power of Intention, Ask and it is Given, any book by JR Ward.
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