Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Thank you! I’m a former operating room nurse. Six years ago, I was able to start writing full time and since then have published over thirty full-length novels.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest is South Shore Romance, which is the 12th installment of the Pam of Babylon Series. But my last stand alone is Perfect for Him, the story of a young woman with four daughters who discovers she has stage four breast cancer with not long to live. I was inspired to write this after losing a dear friend to breast cancer a year ago November. The story tells how my protagonist takes control of her family’s destiny. It was an emotional ride, writing that book. Then I was honored to have it included in a romance anthology, A Touch of Passion.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
No, I think they’re mundane. I have to have quiet, and I sit in a recliner. I have to remind myself to get up and move around because I often will write twelve hours a day. (Including promoting.)
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Definitely Pearl Buck, Maeve Binchy, PD. James and Daphne du Maurier
What are you working on now?
Right now I am just finishing the first draft of Pam of Babylon: #13, Meet Me at the Beach. I also am writing a science fiction story in installments and doling out free on my website. But the problem with it is once it’s in the reader’s hands I can’t go back and change anything. This is an amazing ride on planning a project ahead of time! I have no idea where it’s going.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Email blasts are the mainstay. I love the KDROI software because I have so many books. Faithful promotion sites for me are Pretty-hot.com, Awesomegang.com, Discountbookman.com, Bookgorilla.com, free99books.com, ebooklister.com and theereadercafe.com. I always check to see where my book is being promoted, share it on my website and Facebook page, and tweet as often as possible. I also have an email list that I’m slowly building and I send alerts to my followers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing! 🙂
What are you reading now?
Several books; Black Dog of Fate by poet Peter Balakian, his memoir and history of the Armenian Genecide
The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
a few others
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to try my hand at non-fiction; the biography of Armenian military resistance fighter Elizabeth Soultanian.
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?
Gibbons The Fall of the German Empire, The complete works of Balzac, (just kidding about those last two.)
Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari, From Cairo to Capetown
The Good Earth
Anything by PD James