Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My latest book, A Night at the Zoo is the fifth book I’ve written. This is the second children’s book with Zoey Jane Zollywhopper as the main character. Zoey is a fun, curious and adventurous girl and I’d like to think she’s a little bit like me.
I have a degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art Institute, and I have studied creative writing through Longbridge Writers Institute.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
A Night at the Zoo is a result of fond memories of the St. Louis Zoo when I was a child. I loved seeing the animals and was curious about them. I wondered what the Zoo was like at night and this grew into an adventure tale that the main character Zoey embarks on.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write, edit, write, edit, polish, polish, and publish with hopeful trepidation.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have read so many books to my children and grandchildren, and have enjoyed all of them. My youngest son especially enjoyed Curious George, but I have always enjoyed Shel Silverstein’s children’s books.
What are you working on now?
I will be starting on another book with Zoey Jane Zollywhopper as the main character. I’m tossing around some ideas about; the funny neighbors, or the country relatives.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t know yet. I’m open to suggestions.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My best advice is to take some writing courses, and listen to your instructor’s critiques.
Writing regularly will improve your writing. If you have a desire in your heart to write then you should write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
I am reading the Bible.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to continue writing. I was born to write.
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 Bible, Swiss Family Robinson, Of Mice and Men, World History Encyclopedia