Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys, but in my previous life, I was a middle school and high school social studies teacher. So far, I have written six books and have published four of those. The fifth will go public on May 30, 2015.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My newest book, released May 30, 2015, is called Breach. It is the fourth installment in The Delmar Shark Chronicles. A great deal of the inspiration for this book as well as the whole series came from my love of sharks. I grew up watching Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, and in the past few years, the Air Jaws programs have really captured my interest. Chris Fallows and his team at APEX Shark Expeditions in South Africa do a fabulous job showing these creatures performing one of the most awesome animal behaviors in the world – the Great White breach. I actually wrote a letter to Mr. Fallows asking permission to mention him and his work in the forward of this book. To my extreme delight, he granted it. I can’t wait to send him a copy!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I almost always have to be propped up in my bed with my five pillows and my laptop with my dog sleeping on my feet in order to write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I know it sounds like a canned answer, but really J.K. Rowling was a huge influence for me. The way she captured the imagination of the entire world is just awe-inspiring. And she can weave a story like nobody’s business. Before her books, I never realized how voraciously young people can read. They can literally devour books, and they love them. I didn’t realize that market even existed at the time.
What are you working on now?
I have just finished Breach, the fourth in the Delmar Shark Chronicles series, and I have already started researching for book 5 which will be the final installment.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still working on this. I haven’t found the magical combination yet, but hopefully, I’ll get there.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t let rejection get you down. What you write isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea. If you like what you wrote, that’s all that matters.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever heard is to write what you know and write something you yourself would like to read.
What are you reading now?
I just started the Talon series. I’m only three chapters in, but it seems interesting so far.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next, I’ll get that fifth Delmar book written. After that, I may dust off that very first book I wrote but never published. I’ll see if maybe there’s a diamond in there that needs to be polished.
What is your favorite book of all time?
When I was a kid, it was “The Seven Sneezes” by Olga Cabral. (It’s a Little Golden Book from the 1940s)
But my favorite book is probably Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows simply because I see it as 1/7 of the series, and it’s a great resolution to the whole story.