Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I published my first book this past weekend. I published my second book two days ago. I used to be a waitress, then worked for a school for many years. I write when I am emotional, when I want to get a significant day on paper, or just for fun. After realizing I enjoy writing more than anything else, I decided to start a career as an author.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book published is “19.” It is a story of a college student that has her first seizure. I was that student. I released it in the fiction genre because parts of it are not accurate. I was inspired to distribute it because when I think back to those days of defeat, I felt in my soul, it took a lot for me to triumph. I have days where I need to get up out of my emotional funk, whatever my issues may be. This book reminds me I am strong enough to do so.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I have many unusual habits. I cannot write unless I am lying on my belly. I sometimes get writer’s block if I am sitting up while I type. I need to listen to nineties music if it is a story of that era, I will listen to pop music if the story is about a girl living now. Those are the two biggies, the music and lying on my belly.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
“Paterson” by William Carlos Williams is a massive influence for me. I love the short stories inside the big picture Williams tells. The book is more than a history of New Jersey; it is about rooting for the underdog. Another influential author is Gertrude Stein and “Tender Buttons.”
The book showed readers there is no ‘right’ way to write a story. As I was reading, I felt as though Stein came into my living room and moved all of my furniture into my bedroom, but somehow it worked.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the next book in the series “The Regrettable and Forbidden.” The sequel to “Wendy’s Song.” We find out what happens to John, which many people are asking.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My personal facebook page. I share the link to my book and ask my friends and family to share and they usually do. I have a great support system. I need to find more followers and a bigger list if I want to make a career out of this.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author, I am making a lot of mistakes. I would say don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that is how we learn. Read books on how to write. We are all life-long learners. When you are overwhelmed or confused, take a minute…breathe, and come back later.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Go for it, what do you have to lose? This is your passion, be happy.
What are you reading now?
“Hidden Depths” by Louise Guy
“Hidden Depths” is a collection of short stories from various authors. I like to read short stories, mostly. I also enjoy poems and a decent graphic novel at times.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I would like to continue the Regrettable and Forbidden series, then create a new contemporary fiction series that feeds off of that. I already have characters and scenes in my mind. We shall see.
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?
“Paterson” by William Carlos Williams
“The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald” by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe