Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a self-published author with four books currently published out on Amazon. All of my books are in the romantic, suspense category. It is what I enjoy reading and, therefore, what I like to write. I love the tension and energy in these types of books.
Ever since I remember, I have been writing. I started as a child using my parent’s typewriter which I have a deep affinity to. Writing was always something I loved to do, something I could escape into. My characters are very close to me. Each one has left an imprint in my life. Creating them, being inspired by them, has helped move me forward in my own life. Sometimes the characters on the pages seem to have unbridled strength even when the going gets tough, and that grit is what I like to write about.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Committed. The inspiration for the book is, I suppose, my real life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a whiteboard in my bedroom that I track all of my ideas on. I love having the reminder nearby and being able to easily sort out details so that I know where I’m at. I write late at night usually and love the feeling of walking away from the real world for a little while to create characters that seem to take on a life of their own.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tami Hoag and Iris Johansen are both much-loved authors for me. Their books are amazing, and I have read most every one.
What are you working on now?
My next book is called Deceptive Intent. I love the characters in it, and it is one book that is very near and dear to my heart and my life.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I enjoy using Facebook and my website to communicate with readers. I hope to get onto Twitter as well to promote my books in the future.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do it!!! It is the most fulfilling feeling in the world to put something you have created out into the world. I am so happy that I have done it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep trying, never give up! No matter what life throws at you or what obstacles you come upon, just keep going.
What are you reading now?
I have a few books I am reading right now. I seem to cycle through books rather slowly compared to when I was younger. Writing and work take precedence, but I read when I can to recharge.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I would like to have a few more books put out on Amazon this year and to expand beyond the Amazon market. For me, right now, it’s important to reach readers and to be able to interact with them.
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?
I would bring something about business for sure to keep my wheels turning and my creativity flowing for my life outside of writing. The rest of the books would be fiction, probably something new by Iris Johansen, Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag (to reread again) and a beachy romance.
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