Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
About myself… I have lived on both coasts of the US, my daughters are still mad about all the moving. My dogs are awesome former shelter puppies and completely spoiled but always leashed when out of the house. Each is spayed or neutered, because I don’t want to contribute to there being more shelter puppies.
I have written 3 books so far, with a fourth in progress. The first two are herbal books because I was a community herbalist for roughly 20 years. They are titled Rhiannon’s Teas and Things and Children and Herbs. The third is my favorite and most recent, Selena Rose: Daughter of the Moon.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Selena Rose: Daughter of the Moon. It is the first book in the Daughter of the Moon Trilogy. What inspired it? My love of all things witchy and strong women. My main character is a single mom and she handles her life and everything that entails with strength and grace like so many of the amazing women I know. She is the kind of character I want to read.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know that they are strange but my habits are:
1. Tea. All the different teas, probably a holdover from my herbalist years. My favorite commercial suppliers are Traditional Medicinals and Stash. The peach blend Stash tea is my favorite.
2. My outlines are pretty limited, basically a chapter overview for each chapter.
3. Music. I need music to block out the humans in my house.
4. I write best with my dogs lounging around me. They don’t always cooperate.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many books, I am just going to list a few favorite authors: Stephen King, Mercedes Lackey, the Eddings, L.E. Modesitt, Piers Anthony, V.C. Andrews, Nora Roberts, The Encyclopedia Brittanica.
What are you working on now?
I am working on book two in my Daughter of the Moon trilogy, Thorns of the Rose. It will go live on February 1, 2020. I hope to have book 3 plotted and up for pre-order before book 2 goes live.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method is getting my books to sites like this that have the audience that is looking for my books already. Honestly, I have found sites that I wish I had known about as a reader a long time ago. Oh, you want to send me an email filled with books in the genre I read? Where tf do I sign up for that?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice is to write the book. You can fix anything in edits, but you can’t fix what you don’t create. The best/most famous authors all have first drafts and tons of edits. Also, be self-aware. Is writing the thing you love doing even when it sucks? If it isn’t, think about whether or not it is actually what you want to pursue as a career.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Elizabeth Gilbert related a story told to her by, I think it was Rob Bell. The story was about crabs in a bucket. The gist of it was that if one crab starts to get out of the bucket the others will pull it back, keep it trapped like they are. She said often friends or family will be like that and that you have to cut those people out. With love if you can, with clear and firm boundaries if you can’t. That advice has helped me more than any other.
What are you reading now?
Well, that is a list…
Witch Forgotten by V. Vaughn, I just got the Prophecy of Magic collection, Everything is Figure Outable by Marie Forleo, every Witches of Keating Hollow that Deanna Chase releases, Rival Demons by Sarra Cannon, Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland (just finished, audio), and a few others from the library.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am going to keep writing and exploring the world that is begun with this trilogy. I have multiple other books planned in this same world, and I can’t wait to see where they take me.
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?
Polgara the Sorceress and the All Soul’s Trilogy. I have read all of those books multiple times and I still love reading them.
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