Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My debut took is about to be launched and the end of June 2015! I find I am extremely excited and terrified at the same time.
Being a writer has been a dream of mine for many years, dating back to high school. But life happens, and I put away my typewriter (back then) and spent time with my family, raising three children and then going back to work full-time.
Recently, I read a book that revived that yearning to get my ideas and passion down in book form and thus the journey to become a real, honest-to-goodness author began.
Everyone has a passion and my passion is helping people. Hopefully, my books reflect that and if it is something that resonates with you, I would love to hear about it.
I currently live in the Piney Woods of East Texas and a lot of my upbringing is rooted in deep southern traditions. Helping out neighbors anyway we can, family is the center of our universe, fried everything with a big helping of gravy on the side. Women call you “hun” and the men call you “darlin'” with no innuendo intended. Gentlemen still tip their hats and hold doors open for the ladies, “thank you”, “sir”, and “ma’am” are common courtesies that you still hear even from our children.
I have two amazing children (my third child passed away when he was eleven). My daughter is the best mother in the world for her own daughter and my son is in the Army. For anyone who has a son or daughter in the military, you know the fear that strikes you when you get that call that they are being shipped to a foreign land to protect our great country. I didn’t sleep a wink for the nine months my son was in Afghanistan. God bless our soldiers and if you happen to know one or pass one on the street, please go out of your way to thank them for their service! They are all someone’s baby.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Dream Launch: Live The Life You Imagine
It was actually inspired by my desire to become a writer and also seeing friends and family not go after their dreams. They think they are to old, they don’t have the time, they make excuses and become complacent.
I wanted to write a book that I know others would hopefully get inspiration from. That it’s never too late to go after what you want. You just have to have enough determination no matter the obstacles. I am trying to live up to that promise to myself as well.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not if you count working on two laptops at the same time!
I still work full-time, so my writing time is precious. I often go sit in my car during my lunch hour and scribble on a note pad. You just have to do what works to get your writing in.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I used to devour true crime books or novels by John Connolly. You are probably wondering why I am not writing those types of books. I do have a crime/thriller novel that I started that has been sitting idle for nearly three years. After I get a couple of other books published, I intend to finish that one.
What are you working on now?
Getting ready for by debut book launch. I find that writing the book was the easy part. But I am learning quickly the ins and outs of marketing and promotions.
I am also working on getting an outline together for my next book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Buck Books, Bknights, and a Facebook promotion guru.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Being a new author myself, I would say to believe in yourself and just go for it. You are going to make mistakes in the beginning so don’t sweat it. Consider it a learning experience.
Don’t believe the hype that you can make six figures in 3 months. It takes time to build a long-term business if writing is what you want to do for your career. Work hard and your day will come.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Always wear clean underwear
What are you reading now?
Flexible Diet by James Mayfield
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing up the promos for the new book and on to the next one. I am enjoying the ride.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Wow. It’s difficult to choose just one. Grapes of Wrath really stuck with me. A month or so ago I read a book by Ron Reagan called “My Father at 100”. It was an extremely honest and touching tribute to Ronald Reagan.