Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write contemporary novels and international novels about enchanting women and intriguing men from different countries. The stories feature psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses and move from the United States to Istanbul, Amsterdam, Leiden, and the Valley of Rubies. I have had three novels published and am working on the fourth.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book, No Greater Love. is about a Dutch psychiatrist and a Turkish nurse who have devoted themselves to helping refugees, both child refugees and elderly refugees, the survivors of World War II. For a moment they find love and then it is snatched from them. They must fight family prejudices and serious illnesses to claim a life together.
The story was inspired by my work as a psychiatric nurse and my experiences with refugees in the Viva La Casa shelter for 150 men, women and child refugees.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My daily writing habits seem usual to me. Write, check contents of refrigerator, write, make coffee, write, pick up mail, write, stop to do some research, write, unload dishwasher, write, pour one glass of white burgundy, go to bed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read constantly, usually 3 or 4 books at a time. Now, I choose the books by content more than by author. Over time, I have been influenced by romance authors: Betty Neels, Beatrice Small, Jean Stratton Porter, Zane Grey, and many others.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a story about Abbey, a Turkish-American young woman, whose sister is murdered by her Muslim husband in an honor killing. The only man who can save her and her baby niece is a Kurdish doctor who has fought with the Peshmerga and knows how to find a sanctuary for her.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find that telling my friends is the best method.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep learning your craft. Think Deep Point of View, settings, conflict, and motivation.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep on trying
What are you reading now?
Sweet Tea with Cardamon by Teresa Thornhill.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to tell the story of the Turkish women of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and what the endured.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Garden of Allah
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