Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a stay-at-home mother in Smalltown, Alabama. I also have dog named Momma and I’m the caretaker of a fish named Blouie Green. I love spending time with my family. I’m also addicted to all things books. And I drive my husband nuts with all the books strewn around our house. I have written and published one book and I am currently working on the second one.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my debut novel is The Letters. It was a NaNoWriMo experiment. I wanted to see if I could write 50,000 words in a month so I took these random characters that I had hanging out in a file on my computer and put them together in this story. They were all outcast from other stories I’ve written. Once I started pairing up character personalities the story just kind of evolved.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing that I can think of. I sometimes like to listen to music while I write. Most of the time I’m writing in between cooking dinner and listening to my Tiny Tyrant talk to me about the latest My Little Pony drama she has cooked up so now I can’t write in silence. I can’t focus without noise.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Mary Kay Andrews, Dennis Lehane, Fannie Flagg, V. C. Andrews
What are you working on now?
I haven’t worked out all of the details yet but it deals with a rape victim and a US soldier who are both dealing with PTSD. That’s all I can tell you for now.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t have a favorite site at the moment. I just started promoting so I still don’t know which sites work best yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Even when you feel like you want to give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Edit when you’re completely finished. Write out everything in your head. And THEN and only then, should you edit.
What are you reading now?
Rough Justice by Sarah Castille, Agamemnon Must Die by Hock G. Tjoa, Pie Girls by Lauren Clark, & The Gardner of Baghdad by Ahmad Ardaian.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully publishing a second book and getting more attention to my first book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Too many to list, honestly. There are so many good books I have read that there is no way for me to pick just one.