Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I work full-time as an Office Administrator supporting a transportation project in Richmond, VA. I’m a writer, speaker, Biblical storyteller, columnist, retreat leader and occasional blogger. I’m creative and energetic with a passion for life anst book, Woman At The Well, chronicles my discovery of God’s grace and how it manifests in our lives. I’d like to interject that the cover art for both books are commissioned paintings done by friend—a United Methodist Pastor—Jim Harris. I was attracted to the stained glass lood a deep and abiding faith in Jesus. I’ve served as a Stephen Minister, a Certified Lay Speaker (now Lay Servant) in the United Methodist Church, and earned a certificate in Congregational Leadership through the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. I’m a wife, mom and doting grandmother and I’ve had just about any job you can think of! “Jill of all trades” and master of some, I lean on the Lord to make it through every day–every hour. Okay . . . every minute. Oh! And coffee . . . lots of coffee!
I’ve written two books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I wrote Woman With The Alabaster Jar to offer healing and hope to those who are grieving. Specifically, I share my journey through the grief of losing my mom to cancer. In the process I discovered a renewed, albeit, different faith, and that life can and does continue after a tragic event. My desire is to let others know that while we never stop grieving, it is possible to find healing and hope as we continue to live in a “new normal.”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write all the time. ALL. THE. TIME.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Michael Chrichton and James Patterson, John Grisham. All tell great multilayered stories that are well-researched with compelling characters and storylines. Their books are entertaining, and tell a story that draws the reader in from the start and make you sorry the book is over! I tend to read several books at a time, including devotionals, bible studies, and biblical fiction.
I’m an avid reader, so many many writers have influenced me throughout my life – Maya Angelou is one of my biggest influences as a poet.
What are you working on now?
I’m actually working on several books – the next one to be released in May 2019 is Crayon Chronicles. An anthology of lessons on faith and life learned from children.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write your story. Don’t worry about who will read it. Tell your truth and be relentless in promoting it! It will take work. But it’s worth it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Words have power. Use them to make the world a better place, to help someone, to share a truth.
What are you reading now?
Becoming, by Michelle Obama and If, by Mark Batterson
What’s next for you as a writer?
Speaking about my current book as well as my first book, Woman at the Well. I love sharing the significance of the unnamed women of the bible.
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 Bible. Book of Walt Whitman poetry. Anything by Max Lucado. The Hobbit.