Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in South Baltimore, Maryland, about a mile from Fort McHenry and a few blocks from Federal Hill. I’m the youngest of eleven children–yes, eleven. Growing up, art, music and writing were my passions and I although I played girls softball and tennis, I was adequate at best. I’ve been married for twenty years and together, we have three children (yours, mine and ours) and three granddaughters.
My first novel “Fireflies,” was published in March of 2013 with GMTA Publishing and my second novel, “Hope From the Ocean,” which is the prequel to “Fireflies,” was published in March of 2014. My third book, “The Blue Diamond – An Ivory Razor Adventure,” is with my editor and we’re hoping for a late September 2014 release.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book isn’t published yet but it will be in the very near future. The book is named “The Blue Diamond – An Ivory Razor Adventure.”This book was inspired by my love of adventure, romance and good old fashion swashbuckling fun! Think “Pirates of the Caribbean” meets “Charlie’s Angels.” That should give you an idea of the premise of this book and that is all I’m going to tell you. You’ll just have to wait for the big launch. 😉
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m afraid I am really boring when it comes to answering this question. I really don’t. I can write pretty much anywhere at any time and I’m a master of blocking out my surroundings. I can’t be rude though so of course if someone needs my attention, I remind them I’m writing and tell them to get lost. 😉 Just kidding, I ask them to move along. Still kidding, sort of.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The answer to this question is constantly changing. Since I’m currently reading “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon and I’m trying to make time to read “A Game of Thrones,” these are two very good examples. However, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Louisa May Alcott, Harper Lee…
What are you working on now?
I’m working on preparing “The Blue Diamond” for publishing and also jumping back into the novel I was writing before I wrote “Hope From the Ocean” and “The Blue Diamond.” I really liked the concept of this story and the characters were really starting to come to life (50K words in). So last weekend ,I started from the beginning and wow did I see so much that needed to be revised and reworked. I was thrilled! It proved to me how much I’ve learned in the past two years and showed me I’m improving. I don’t ever want to stop learning and growing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Definitely book blogs.I can’t say enough about how book bloggers have spread the word about my novels. Whether they host you as a guest, interview you or go all the way and review your books for you, you simply cannot beat the exposure to readers these generous people give. Blog tours are the ultimate way to get the word out about your books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’d tell them to just keep reading and writing. Learn as much as you can about publishing so you can make the right decision for yourself. There are so many avenues you can take to have your book published and do not neglect your editing. Hire an editor. There are plenty of people who won’t cost you an arm or a leg but do an excellent job.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Anne Rice, “There are no rules in writing.” I may have paraphrased but you get the point. There are rules of grammar, punctuation etc. but when it comes to telling your story, let the rules go and just write.
What are you reading now?
As I said above, I’m almost finished the first book in the “Outlander” series. I am in love with the characters and the story.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep doing my best writing and continuing to write the kinds of books I like to read. I can’t write something because it’s what’s “HOT” at the moment or because I know that is what has the largest market share. I write from my head and my heart. I believe if I stay true to myself, success is going to come.
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?
Empty notebook as long as I can bring a pen too!