Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a Midwest farm girl at heart, currently living in Memphis, Tennessee. Plan to start building my dream house in Midway, Utah in the spring of 2020. I self-published my seventh book in January 2020 (fourth mystery novel). Working on the outline for book eight. I love flamingos (have a flamingo tattoo on my ankle), giraffes, and owls. Favorite movies include the Wizard of Oz, Blast from the Past, and My Blue Heaven. I enjoy crocheting, knitting, crafting, scrapbooking, and organizing. I can tell you everything I’ve received for my birthday or Christmas since 1972 (I have a list). The one thing most people don’t know about me is that I performed at two halftime shows of the Tennessee Titans preseason games (Jazzercise routines).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book went through several title changes before ending with The Accident. My main character, Darnell Dixon, came first, followed by a small-town setting. I loved figuring out who would die, who did the killings, and why.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m a morning person, so I get up at five-thirty and write for at least two hours everyday. Some days I write for four or even six hours. It all depends on if my characters want to talk to me that day. Some days they like long naps.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
As a kid I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I also like Lilian Jackson Braun’s books and any mystery novel.
What are you working on now?
I’m about to go through my “idea” folder for an idea for my next mystery. I collect names, snippets of conversations, plot lines, etc. throughout the year.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I do an email blast, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Pinterest initially. I’m terrible at marketing and am always learning from others. I’m trying a few new things with this book. If they work, I’ll share with you.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t be afraid to share your writing with others. Get involved in writing groups and critique groups. Go to a writing conference or two. The people you meet and the interactions with other writers is invaluable.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just because twelve people don’t like your work, if you don’t try for number thirteen, you may miss out on a big opportunity. Never give up!
What are you reading now?
The Other Woman by Sandi Jones.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Enter a few contests and start writing my next book.
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 Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Bibliomysteries edited by Otto Penzler, 100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories, and a Bible.