Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was raised in Lorain, Ohio. Graduated from the local high school and joint vocational school. Currently I live in a old farm house with my husband and daughter. We raise poultry of all kinds as pets. Plus our dogs, cat and hamster.
“Of Lite and Darke” is my first published book. However, I have written another manuscript that is yet to be completed.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Of Lite and Darke”. I was always drawn to books on fey and other fantasy style books. My daughter and husband inspired me to write one of my one after reading several of my creative writing pieces.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Unusual? I don’t think so. Usually I open my laptop and look at the blank word document. I close my eyes and imagine the scene that I want to write. Then start typing until the chapter is done or until I get to tired to keep my eyes open any longer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Since I now read from all different genre from historical fiction to sci-fantasy I have many authors that are my go to books. Such as Anne Bishop, Catherine Asaro, and Philippa Gregory.
What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on the prequel to “Of Lite and Darke” As well as reworking a previously written manuscript.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Personally I promote on every book promotion site that I can find.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If there is a will there is a way. You might get twenty rejection letters but with each rejection you have the opportunity to make your work even better.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t give up. If you want it bad enough you’ll find away to make it happen.
What are you reading now?
Right now I’m not reading anything.Although I have a shelf filled of new books that just waiting for me to pick them up.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Honestly I don’t know. I hope good things such as seeing my work come to the big screen or make the best selling list. But only time will tell.
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 Black Jewels books. I don’t even have to think about it.
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