Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Awakening – The Morrigan Chronicles is the first book in a four book series. I hope you enjoy these characters as much as I do because they will play a role in the next series.
I’m a full time Studio Manager and Fitness Instructor by day, but by night… I flip open my laptop and immerse myself into a world of magic. As a child, I would imagine all of my favorite mythological legends interacting and now I get to create that world and share it.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Awakening – The Morrigan Chronicles.
I always loved Irish/Celtic mythology and started reading up on the Tuatha de Danann, the legendary heroes and gods of Ireland. I’ve also seen every Camelot/King Arthur television series and movie that was ever produced… ok probably not EVERY single one but you get the picture – I’m a fan. Several of the novels I was reading had cameos of vampires and werewolves in them and as I was driving to work one day daydreaming as I usually do, I began to mix them all together until a story was born.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m sure I do but they would not seem unusual to me. I have three kiddos and my litmus test on if it’s interesting is that I run it by them. If I can hold their attention while I tell the story (not spending too much time on the romance aspect lol) then I know I have a winner.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a HUGE fan of Patrick Rothfuss and wouldn’t begin to put myself in his league. To me he is KING! Denise Grover Swank is my biggest influence and why I began writing though. She lives in the same metropolitan area as me and I met her at a writer’s group. She is so knowledgable and has been an inspiration to me.
What are you working on now?
I’m almost finished with the first draft of the second book in The Morrigan Chronicles series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Kindlepreneur is a great resource! Many great websites such as this one are highly recommended by him.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do it for yourself. If it is your passion, your reward will be in the process and accomplishment of doing it. Take steps everyday, even if it just reading an article, to keep you moving forward toward your dream.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If it doesn’t look good don’t put it on the front porch. I know – it has NOTHING to do with writing but still good advice literally and metaphorically.
What are you reading now?
The True Story of Titanic Thompson by Kevin Cook. It’s a true story of “The Man Who Bet On Everything”. I don’t always read science fiction.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to keep reading as much as I can and write as often as I can. Like all writers, I love to write my stories but need to work more on the business/marketing aspect as a writer. So, continuing to grow and learn are my biggest priorities at the moment.
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 King Killer Chronicles….AFTER Patrick Rothfuss has finally finished the last book. I couldn’t stand to get stranded before finding out how the journey ends!