Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a college professor and mom of three. I just published the second novel in the Glen Highland Romance series (they are all stand alones), articles, and a few short stories. I am currently working on a novella, a larger fiction novel, and a few more shorts.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Lady of the Glen is book two in the series; however, the focus changes for this book. Instead of a continuation of book one, The Lady centers on the story of a different character – she gets to be the main character instead of a minor one. In book one, she is a bit of a villain, but we learn why and see what happens with some introspection. The books are Scottish historical romances, a fave genre of mine. I was inspired by Diana Gabaldon — I read Outlander when it first released in 1993 and was hooked.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have no strong writing habits. I am not the more disciplined writer – unfortunately work and family often come first. I also like background noise – music or brain-dead TV to keep me busy.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Diana Gabaldon, as I mentioned, and her entire Outlander series. However, my favorite author of all time is Stephen King. I first read Pet Semetary when I was 12. If we want to go way back, however, we can look at Edgar Allen Poe Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, and V.C Andrews — all the twisted greats — starting when I was in first grade!
What are you working on now?
I am working on the third in the Glen Highland Romance series – The Exile of the Glen. I am also working on my third short in my Rebound series – a contemporary romance, and my first contemporary novella in the police office genre of romance.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am trying a few sites — Thirstyauthor.com has some great resources for email list building, so I have started there, and storyorigin.com for newsletter and giveaway swaps.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. There is a lot of rejection and negative reviews that will come your way, but the writing community itself and the band of followers and readers you will eventually have make it all worth it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
A few college texts for my upcoming classes! Haha. But I just finished the Rooster Bar by Grisham.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Trying to see if I get a full time professorship and if my writing career will grow!
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 Stand, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, the collected works of Edgar Allen Poe