Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hey! I’m a quirky girl who enjoys strange facts and putting love and magical fantastical things in all my fiction. In addition to being an author, I’m a wife and mother of two beautiful children, and I love helping others when I can.
I have several books:
Skye’s Lure: A tale of a mermaid who wants to see land, and the man she saves whose actions could put her entire race in danger.
Arctic Discovery (trying to get traditionally published) – A contemporary sci-fi with thriller and romance elements. A pair of historical linguists with opposing personalities have to work together to learn about an ancient tower in Antarctica, and then to protect the survivor it produces.
Call Her Forth (in revisions) – A romantic tale about a man who starts dreaming about the woman of his dreams, but struggles with the temptations of real life.
My Natural Birth Story, a personal memoir about what it took to birth my first child naturally and what I learned in the process.
5 Degrees of Separation (Writing) – A series of tales from the witnesses who directly affect the leader of a group of teens suddenly imbued with magic.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Skye’s Lure is the latest available book. I was inspired when I watched the Mermaid: The Body Found on the Discovery channel. I totally believed it was true for about a day, but my mind kept spinning ideas about how humans could have become mermaids. I wrote the legend first, and then went on to write the initial scene. I got a lot of favorable reactions from my posts, so I kept going with it. It was just supposed to be a short story, but it kept getting bigger until I ended up with the novella I published.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, since I have two small children, I tend to type one-handed a lot, since I have one of them in my arms. And it’s usually with my left hand, and I’m right-handed! It’s not a habit, exactly, but it’s interesting – and it can create some funny typos. 🙂
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read so many books as a youth, I don’t even know. The authors that stand out in my mind the most are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and more recently Stephenie Myer and J.K. Rowling. I’ve also had the pleasure of connecting with some incredible authors – Olivia Folmar Ard, Laine Cunningham, Rebecca Enzor, and Chrys Cymri, to name a few. (I actually just finished Chrys Cymri’s The Dragon Throne, and I LOVED it!)
What are you working on now?
Currently, I’m compiling a collection of pictures and poems. I wrote many of the poems when I was younger, and I have gotten a lot of favorable reactions through the years. I decided to post them on my blog to give me time while I was recovering from birthing my daughter, and came to the conclusion that a compilation with photos might be nice to create. I’m grabbing most of the photos through unsplash.com, which is a fabulous and free resource for my book, and have even come up with several poems inspired by those pics that will not get posted on the website for anyone who wants to buy the book. Most of the photos I’m using are new too, so it’s not a complete rerun of what’s already online.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I recently came across a book that I think is golden, though I haven’t tested the methods yet. It’s called Book Launch Blueprint by Tim Grahl. If you sign up for his newsletter at http://timgrahl.com/lp-book-launch-blueprint, then you can get it for free. What makes him so spectacular (in my mind) is that all his tactics are totally above board, and are designed to give the author longevity.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Love writing. It’s not an easy or feel-good career, especially when you’re standing in the corner of a crowded market trying to get attention. And it will probably take a while before you can even think about monetizing it, so don’t quite your day job. Be yourself, and love writing. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll put your heart into it, and you’ll keep trying, even when you fail – and failure is pretty much inevitable at some point.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing. The more you write and read, the better you’ll get, so keep on writing.
What are you reading now?
The Unicorn Throne by Chrys Cymri. It’s the follow up book to the Dragon Throne, which was an excellent fantasy turned sci-fi story. I love the rich setting and the compelling characters, and the twist was so far out of left field I was stunned (haven’t felt that in a while).
I’m also reading Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. It’s a great book, but I’m afraid non-fiction is a difficult read for me these days. Totally worth the effort, though, which is why I keep trying. 😀
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing, writing, and more writing. 🙂 Seriously, though. I have so many stories in my head – stories about magic and love and different worlds and dangerous artifacts. They keep swirling in my head, and as soon as I get one out, I get an idea for another. I also have an old book – Call Her Forth – which I self-published back when I was a noob, and it needs a serious makeover – cover, title, story, characters. Ugh. My naivety was showing.
What is your favorite book of all time?
It changes all the time. I have really loved The Twilight Series, the Harry Potter Series, and the Lord of the Rings Series, but right now it’s The Dragon Throne. That twist, man.