Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've been writing since I wrote my first story in first grade. I've written three novels, two short story collections, multiple novellas and many individual short stories.
I love to read. I also collect and work with tarot cards; I enjoy knitting and weaving; and watching old movies. Also, I collect antique ladies' compacts.
I live in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband, dog, and budgie.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
LADY OF THE TWO LANDS is a time-travel romance set primarily in ancient Egypt. I've been fascinated by ancient Egypt since reading "Mara, Daughter of the Nile" by Eloise Jarvis McGraw when I was 12. I devoured every story set in Egypt that I could find. So it's natural that one day I hoped to write a book set there myself.
It took many, many hours of research to make ancient Egypt come alive, but I can honestly say I loved every minute!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I've heard many writers play music while writing. That wouldn't work for me because if it were music I like, I'd sing along and lose my train of thought. If it were something I didn't know, it would annoy me!
I write with the TV going in the background. Many writers insist that would distract them, but for me it works like a white noise machine. I hear it as a low buzz in the background that blots out other distractions.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
"Mara, Daughter of the Nile" got me interested in ancient Egypt, and convinced me I could write a book of my own. Mary Higgins Clark helped me realize that "woman in danger" plots are always popular. And Connie Willis taught me a female main character can be strong and wise, without seeming harsh or masculine.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on "Knit A Spell," a paranormal romance that includes witches, curses, romance, and knitting!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
There's no one method or website. I use everything I come across, including my social media sites, my website and blog, my newsletter, reviews and interviews, features, and book signings. I print up bookmarks and leave them in bookstores and libraries. I run contests. Gosh, there are lots of things!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write in the genre you like to read. When you read, don't just do so for pleasure. Read critically, to see how your favorite authors structure their books. Write, write, write!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
From "Throw Mama From the Train": "A Writer Writes."
What are you reading now?
"Impossible Things" by Connie Willis.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep writing! I have several novels outlined, just waiting for me to write them.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I'd have to say, "Mara, Daughter of the Nile." I read it first when I was 12, and that's what sparked my interest in ancient Egypt. Amazingly enough, it reads just as well as an adult. I've read it over 20 times since my first time, and I'm getting ready to read it again.