Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve never submitted to a traditional publisher, choosing only to go the self-pub route after I learned how much we can do on our own, and I’m that type o’ weird gal. Since publishing my first novel in 2013, I’ve released 14 novels in different genres. I used to sell little books to my parents when I was five or six. Wild how we know what we are so young.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Werewolves of Chicago: Howard is my latest and it was inspired by a scrawny wolf who surprised me by appearing in my first W.W. of Chicago book, Curragh (pronounced Curr-ogg). Howard showed up, and then as the story got dangerous, he stepped up to the plate and grew into the wolf he was meant to be in all of a two-hour timespan. My fans asked about him and I was drawn to him too, and so I wrote his story next, forsaking the more dark and stormy pack members…until after Howard’s tale was complete. Never expected it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t outline or plan plots. They show themselves as I go. I sit down with characters and a situation and just start writing. I never know how it will end. If I don’t know, neither will my readers. Plus it removes writer’s block because I never force a storyline from my head.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There’s an odd mix: Little Women for its honest and heart-opening qualities. So real. The Secret Life of Bees for the search to know who we really are. The Hunger Games for the first person, simply written (ie: no fluff) page turning excitement, format.
What are you working on now?
I’m narrating audio books for my novels. Very fun stuff and so wild to revisit characters I miss.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My mailing list of fans who already like my style is number one. Then there’s Bookbub, the queen of all of the promo sites. Then I jam-pack a promotion with all the hardworking places who’ve put the best lists together and who I trust with my work, and money.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Go to Kboards.com and stalk The Writer’s Cafe where you’ll find a ton of self-pub authors sharing tips about EVERYTHING. You will learn how to make this happen for yourself if you’re willing to learn, and have the talent to write good stories.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write. Finish things Keep Writing. – Neil Gaiman (It was written on his hand – search for the photo and save it for a screensaver, you writers of the world who feel locked up. Just write. finish things. keep writing.)
What are you reading now?
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
What’s next for you as a writer?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Independent Ed by Ed Burns – because I’m also an indie filmmaker.