Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a middle school special education teacher, parent advocate, associate pastor, missionary, and director of Global Government & Leadership Institute. I am passionate about accelerating innovation in education with a particular interest in differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences and using technology to support all learners. As a mother of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, I remain an advocate for special education. I reside in South Jersey with my loving husband and son. Along with my curious cat Chloe. I have written a total of six books. My first book “A Touch of Peace” was written when I suffered my first psychotic breakdown and was diagnosed with Bi-polar.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Lovely Princess Anne is the latest book I have written. It was inspired by a student in my classroom who was bullied, teased and felt she was ugly. Although I tried to intervene, I felt helpless. As teachers, we work to protect our students by teaching students to respect, accept different beliefs, customs, and diversity. However this I feel is the hardest challenge of all.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I want to say that I tend to write more when I am depressed. This is not a good thing, but I believe it has helped me to cope with bipolar and the challenges of raising a son with intellectual disabilities.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I believe King David from the Bible has influenced me the most. I love the metaphors and can relate to his struggles and accomplishments.
What are you working on now?
I am working on another children’s book focusing on disabilities.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My website is http://touchofpeacepublishers.com. The best method is usually through networking with friends and co-workers. I find that social media is a nice way to get some attention, but I also feel that it is very competitive and difficult to attract a following. I am trying to get more exposure.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing and writing your words have power!
What are you reading now?
John C. Maxwell 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
What’s next for you as a writer?
As a writer, I want to take several leadership courses and put them into practice. Travel more and write about those experiences.
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?
Bible, The Shack, Jonathan the Elephant
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