Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My first published book came out in 2000 with Harlequin Superromance. After 28 titles in several lines, including my nine-book Spotlight on Sentinel Pass, I decided it was time to try something different. I dabbled in erotic women’s fiction and self-published nine novellas before Tule Publishing invited me to write a book for their Big Marietta Fair series. Montana Cowgirl introduced me to the larger-than-life Zabrinski family, and suddenly the Big Sky Mavericks series was born. There are presently five completed books in the series and four more in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Montana Maverick is Meg’s story. She’s a lone wolf, a college professor with a passion for science and nature. I read an article about the re-introduction of wolves in Yellowstone and I knew I wanted to learn more. Meg’s passion clashes with a third-generation rancher who is trying his best to hang on to his way of life–and raise his late daughter’s four young children.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m a bit of a health nut, and I’ve found a process that keeps me from curling up into a shell of person at the end of the day. Very simply, I set my phone’s timer for 25 minutes. I write or do online PR for that time, then I stand up and excercise/dance/move/run outside/skip…you get the picture. Movement keeps the brain engaged and digestion moving. Digestion drives your immune system.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jane Porter is one of the kindest, most inclusive, generous people I know. She pours herself into her story and “listens” to her characters so attentively, I try very hard to emulate that.
What are you working on now?
I have a trio of “best friends” who have moved to Montana. These guys are hunks, they have each others’ back and they crack me up. MONTANA HERO is done, MONTANA
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I rely on Facebook and Twitter. Is that the best? I sincerely doubt it. I do think images work better than words, and I like to use Canva to create them. Very cheap and user-friendly.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read. Reading the bestsellers in the genre you favor will help you get a feel for what readers love. They want that distinct genre flavor with your mark on it. You can break out and do your own thing later, but first you have to be relevant to the market.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You can’t edit a blank page.
What are you reading now?
Forgotten by C.J. Carmichael
Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek
The Taken by Linda Style
What’s next for you as a writer?
a Holiday book titled: MONTANA MIRACLE
What is your favorite book of all time?
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD