Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
How to Grow an Addict is my first published novel. I’m working on another but it’s a year or so away.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
How to Grow an Addict, a novel. Being in recovery from addiction for more than 30 years, and getting to know and meet lots of other women in various stages of their recovery journey, is what inspired me to write a book that outlines a way addicts can be created. I began to realize that women addicts who hit a bottom around the age of 28 have very similar childhood backgrounds. My novel reflects that common background.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write on anything. Once I was a boat cruise (before smartphones) and poem popped into my head but I didn’t have anything except a red lip-liner. I walked around the rest of the day with a red letter poem on my thigh.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The first time I thought about being a writer was just after I read ‘Anybody can do Anything” by Betty McDonald. I was only twelve or thirteen at the time.
What are you working on now?
A novel set in the Pacific Northwest about a young girl, who too often takes care of her younger brother and what happens to her when he goes missing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m not 100% sure. There is so much out there these days. I’m often confused about the right path for me and my book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It doesn’t need to be 500 words a day. A few words each day will do the trick too.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write as though no one will ever read your words because chances are they won’t.
What are you reading now?
Fourteen. A memoir by a fellow She Writes Press author.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Sixty words by bedtime.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Mists of Avalon.