Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I didn’t choose to be a writer, writing found me. In 2006, I found myself feeling the need to create a fantasy world of all the things that were rattling around in my head and put it to paper. My first book was a romance story and sold about five copies, mostly to family. After realizing I had the talent to tell a story, I needed to learn “how” to be sure it was written properly. So I took college writing courses and eventually wrote the first book in my paranormal mystery series, Sullivan’s Secret.
Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Paranormal mystery, comedic romance/mystery/suspense, and a nonfiction “how to” guide for rookie writers.
Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
For 13 years.
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I was originally published by a small press for the first book in my paranormal mystery series. Then I realized I was able to do more marketing on my own and self-published the first three books in that series. An indie publisher found me on Twitter and published and designed new professional covers, along with publishing the fourth book in the series, and my comedic romance/suspense story. Eventually, I again realized that I was doing better at marketing on my own, plus I like the control of doing my own publishing, that now all of my books are back with me and published through RWS Publishing.
Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
My motto…”Keep on writing!” Never give up. Write what you know and love, and mostly do it for yourself first. When your passion for writing comes from your heart and it brings you joy, everything else will fall into place. And finally, have patience. It takes a great deal of time to find your readers. We all have the dream of becoming a J.K. Rowling, and I believe we should never give up on that dream. But don’t write for that reason. Readers will know if your writing is forced. If writing makes you happy, then that’s all that matters.
Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
I like to meditate first, do yoga stretches next, and then make my favorite cup of tea and sit and write in my favorite recliner during the colder seasons. When it’s warm outside, I love to write outside in the middle of nature. It’s my happy place. As for the amount of words I write, it’s all over the place. Life interrupts, so I don’t put any pressure on myself. I just let it happen. Plus, if I have a day where I’m unable to write, I lighten up on myself. It’s okay.
Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
Like any author, I want to be able to take my readers into the fantasy world I created and hope they enjoy the ride. I want them to feel the emotions of my characters and to get attached, just as I have.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
I believe readers will love my characters in my paranormal mystery series because they’re a group of ghost investigators trying to help others with paranormal issues. My protagonist’s psychic abilities come back to her after 18 years, and throughout the series she grows to accept her skills, and eventually uses them to help talk to the dead to solve murders along the way.
My book, Point and Shoot for Your Life, is the first book I wrote in first-person, and it was a hoot! I loved being able to speak through my character all the things that popped into her/my head. She’s funny, ambitious, relentless, loyal, and strong, and she can’t help herself from falling in love with a sexy Irishman.
I wrote A Complete How To Guide for Rookie Writers because of my total frustration of finding help during the early stages of my writing career. I had to learn it ALL on my own about how to get a website, self-publish, create my own book trailer. So, I decided to share my journey through screen shots of explanation for all the rookie writers out there.