Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Born and raised in NYC but I now reside in New Jersey with 3 boys and 3 furbabies. I have been in the wedding industry for 13 years now and have had my writings featured in industry publications – but I am just venturing into fiction writing. I wrote my first book, The Sanctuary in 2008 but didn’t think it was good enough to publish. Then last year, I found it on my computer, re-read it and thought it was better than I originally thought! Currently I have 1 book published and the sequel coming later this year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Sanctuary (Eros’ Edge, Book 1) was just released on June 8, 2015. It was inspired by my travels to Finland – I’ve been there over 10 times! The Finnish are very warm and welcoming people and not only did I fall in love with the country, but fell in love there too. A little bit of reality is mixed in with my fiction (but not much!)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t call any writing habits unusual. I think I fit the stereotypical writer cliche – coffee and a cat on my lap. Sometimes wine and maybe some good music to put me in the mood!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was influenced at a young age, I think about 16 when I read The Story of O by Pauline Réage and subsequently by The Sleeping Beauty Series by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice). You can see these influences heavily in the second book of the Eros’ Edge series, The Society, which will be available soon.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am in the process of editing the second book, The Society and writing the first draft of the third book, The Secret of the Eros’ Edge series. A fourth book may be planned but it will be sort of a prologue to the series, from Val’s (the hero’s) perspective.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Since this is my debut novel, I don’t have much historical analysis of the best way or website that works in promoting books – I have been actively promoting on Facebook groups, Google + communities, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and of course reaching out to book blogs for interviews, reviews and submissions.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up! Writing is a process – and it can be a long one at that. From first draft to the final published book, it can take years. Take as much time as you need to polish your book and make it shine.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Not to give up. That many famous published authors submitted their books 50+ times to publishers and only faced rejection – but eventually they found someone who believed in them, and as they say, the rest is history…
What are you reading now?
It’s hard for me to find time to read as much as I would like to. I work 2 jobs, have 3 kids and write when I can. The last book I read was The Alchemist by Paul Cohelo.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep on writing! I have so many stories in my head that are dying to come out. I would like to finish this series and start a new stand alone novel that involves a long distance love in Paris and America. I also have another international story swirling in my head. I wish I could write as fast as I daydream!
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can’t name just one: The Good Earth, The Bell Jar, Rebecca, The Story of O .. I love the classics.