Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a coffee addicted, night owl who has imaginary people running amok in my head 90% of the time. I try very hard to keep my stories true to life, and create something that will connect with readers. When I’m not in writing mode, I work on promo graphics, book covers and formatting. I’m a mother of two pretty awesome kids… although they aren’t really kids anymore since one is 19 and the other is almost 18! I’ve been married for 21 years to a man that balances me, keeps me smiling, lifts me up when I’m down, and supports me unconditionally. Our family is rounded out by two dogs, five cats and one 19 year old turtle.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Outcast Like me. The story behind the story was inspired by all the challenges my kids have faced over the years in school – although none of the story reflects anything that’s happened to them personally. We’ve all been, at one time or another, in a situation where we were left to feel outcast – alone and lonely. I just took thoughts and feelings of those moments and Lexie, the main character, brought them to life. The book is set in St. Augustine where my daughter started college. It’s a beautiful, historical city that made the setting of the book extra special to me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t call it unusual, but I like it quiet when I write. And coffee… there has to be a cup of coffee beside me to keep me going.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are so many different authors I could list, but I’ll keep it brief: Colleen Hoover, that woman has like magic fingers or something, because she has such an amazing way that she writes her characters that makes readers instantly connect to them. Nora Roberts has a series called ‘Born In’. There are three books to that series and I’m pretty sure those are the books that got me hooked on her. Nora’s words paint a picture for you that just blooms as you read her books. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is one of my most favorite (besides Harry Potter – because J.K. Rowling… need I say more?) With Diana’s books, I got history, real history, woven into fiction books that I just could not put down.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I’m working on a new series. I’m not sure how many books it will be just yet because I haven’t done a generalized plot to see where the stories will go. I’m a total panster like that. The series is call The Blossom Chronicles of Plain Jane. This will be a time traveler book, but as with all of my stories, not what you’d expect. More information will be available on my Facebook page and my website soon!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Promoting books has become tougher over the last few years. What works one time might not work again. Marketing is constantly evolving and authors have to evolve with it. No matter how much it all changes, I will always continue on with my tradition of hosting release day parties on my author page. It’s usually an all day event with lots of information about my books, including the new release and I do hourly giveaways.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Don’t give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing. Don’t give up.
What are you reading now?
Right now I am currently reading the Poldark Series by Winston Graham.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next for me is to keep the series momentum going for The Blossom Chronicles. It’s my hope to have at least one book out this year, no matter how much more life tries to throw at 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?
I’d take note books! Gotta keep getting those stories written. But first, I’d rip out a few pages to make a big HELP ME sign so I could get rescued and get back to my computer to write more books.