Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in a small town surrounded by extended family and friends. I am in healthcare by training but have been writing stories (mostly about my cousins) since I was a very young child. Currently I have six books available. Two are children’s books, the remaining four are adult stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My last book was the first book in a planned series of ten books. The name of the series is the Place Where Magic Lives and is centered around magical adventures at the grandparents house if several cousins. The first book introduced the characters of Liam and Samantha and followed them through their journey into magical woods inhabited by colorful and wise creatures. The first book is called Into the Woods. The second book, Walking the Plank will be out early next month.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure my habits are unusual. I usually write with the TV on or music playing and sometimes both. At the beginning of the year, I penned by book, Journeys, with the Target advertisement playing that song, Meet me in the middle. Now every time I hear that song, I remember that story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like a lot of different types of stories, Growing up, I loved the classics like Hemingway and Steinbeck. In high school I read Rebecca and fell in love with the way Du Maurier weaved the story. It is still one of my favorites today. As an adult I read Elizabeth Berg and Jodi Piccoult
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m laying out the storyline for the third book in the Place Where Magic Lives Series and I’m about 3/4 done with an adult story centered around murder and corruption in a hospital setting.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m not sure I have a “best” method. Over the summer, I participate in a lot of book signings at libraries and festivals. I’m active in two book clubs and have been fortunate to have had my books selected to be read and reviewed by the group. That’s always fun!. Currently, I’m participating in speaker panels for two local libraries and one of those has a big festival in the spring. It’s all very exciting.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you like, not what you think will sell.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Gee, I don’t know about that one. Don’t eat the yellow snow?
What are you reading now?
Velvetteen Daughter, I think is the title. Our club just finished Behind closed doors.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just finished my first screenplay, Second Chances, with Herb Abrams Productions. It was submitted to several local film festivals. Fingers crossed! In any event, it was an amazing experience and I’m humbled to have been a part of 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?
Rebecca, the bible, and two how to books.