Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a retired psychiatric nurse. I submitted my first story to Readers Digest when I was about 12 years old. Still waiting to hear from them. I wrote a humorous article for the magazine section of the Times-Picayune and received payment for it when I was very young. Since then I have written numerous articles, eight novels, and two non-fiction books. I am also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Sisters Souls.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My newly released book is called Senior Camp 2035. The book was conceived during a family discussion about the state of our country. I imagined what might happen if we lost our Democracy. What would the future of America be if we were governed by a dictator? This book is my attempt to answer those questions. The result is an interesting, but scary look at dystopian America.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I like to write at the same time every day. I sit down and write a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a page, a chapter. I always write something, even if I have nothing to say. Words flowed when I wrote Senior Camp 2035. Because religion no longer exists in this futuristic novel, I started each writing session with a prayer. And thus, I was able to give the story a sense of redemption.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read anything. In school, I loved Thomas Hardy’s strong heroines. I like Stephen King as much as I like Nicholas Sparks. I am influenced by authors who write in such a manner that I am taken away to a new place, a new time, a whole new existence. I believe writers need to be able to tell a story that interests the reader. I often forget the author, but never the work.
What are you working on now?
I am beginning another humorous mystery caper in my Sisters Series. The sisters from Louisiana have traveled all the way from New Orleans to New York, to San Antonio, to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to Sicily. I think I am going to send them on a mystery cruise to Cuba.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you want to be an author, you need to do two things, read and write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write something every day. Even if it’s just one word, write.
What are you reading now?
I am reading a book by Johnnie Bernhard called How We Came To Be.
What’s next for you as a writer?
How about a movie adaptation of Senior Camp 2035? Now that would be wonderful.
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 Works of Shakespeare
Confederacy of Dunces
The Worlds Best Poems
and of course,
Senior Camp 2035