Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always been a teacher and a writer. I just decided to teach through books.
Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write nonfiction and fiction.
In nonfiction, I focus on my passions. My first book focused on working on multiple things that make you happy (Work Quilting) to provide myriad income streams. I’ve got a book on travel for women that’s in the works (editing stage) and a couple of others in the outline and research stage. I love teaching and this allows me to teach through the written word.
In fiction, I have my first cozy mystery (Chicken Culprit) coming out in March 2018. I’m a suburban homesteader and certified permaculture designer so I wanted to share this passion in my favorite genre. I’ve got a few more outlined and excited to see how the series progresses.
Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
I’ve written for many years but I’ve finally taken the steps to publish them.
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I’m self-published. I used to work for a literary agency and I also tried the traditional route. It’s hard to break through and the return is a lot smaller than self-publishing if you’re not a well-known name or have a big following.
For those with a platform, traditional publishing may provide the best avenue. For those who simply want to write and get a book out there for people to read, self-publishing may be the way to pursue.
Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
1. Write, write, write. No editing.
2. Read a lot. Read in your genre and also books on writing.
3. Join a critique group.
4. Edit, edit. Hire an editor.
5. If self-publishing, map out the timeline (it will take longer than you think) and make a budget (it will cost more than you think).
6. If publishing traditionally, get an agent or someone to read over any contract before you sign on the dotted line.
7. Be excited and happy that you’ve fulfilled a dream and can call yourself an author!
Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I try to write first thing in the morning but my schedule varies. I always say that I ‘write’ the first draft in my head. I’ve already outlined the next fiction book in my head so I will transfer that to post-its and use them to plot out the book. I’m a visual person so I like to see where things are going. I always know the beginning and often the ending, it’s that middle part that’s fun as you don’t know what the characters are going to show you or do.
Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I want the reader to gain knowledge that can be put to use. In my Work Quilting book, everyone can gain some insight into how to make their career or life work for them. In my backyard farming mystery series, each book will focus on a particular aspect of homesteading. For instance, you may learn a few things about chickens and eggs. For my upcoming travel book, women will gain insights into planning, transportation, lodging as well as activities for their trips.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
If you’re fed up with the way your life is heading and the job you have, Work Quilting will help you think outside the 9 to 5 box. (Available now)
If you love cozy mysteries and are interested in backyard farming, then pick up Chicken Culprit. (Available March 1, 2018)
If you love travel, then you’ll gain insights to help make every trip better and save you some frustration and money. The Smart Woman’s Guide To Travel is coming soon.