Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My life filled with teenager activities and substitute teaching. I recently retired from my social work career to devote more time to my kids and writing.
I am an accidental author, but a lifetime writer and now the author of a five book series. My first book, The Touch of Honey will be released soon.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Touch of Honey is a romance / suspense novel set in current day Hampton, Virginia. The main characters are Joni Crawford and Adam Carmichael. Joni is a widow and Adam is an undercover CIA agent who falls in love. The events are loosely based on events from my own life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I prefer to use pen and paper then edit and enhance while transfering to my computer. Music is a distraction, but I love to burn scented candles. The aroma helps me visualize the scenes I am writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tom Clancy, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Len Deighton, are particular favorites. I am fond of stories which develop the characters and relationships between a central set of characters.
What are you working on now?
I am editing my second book, The Composition of Honey and finishing the fifth book in the series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I participate in several different writing groups and have a Facebook author page.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author as well, so I have lots to learn myself. Make time to write, take chances and write a story you want to read.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
As a kid I had a vivid imagination and embellished everything I said. Basically I was a liar. My sixth grade teacher told me if you speak untruths, they are called lies. But if you put those words on paper, it is now called fiction. So my writing began.
What are you reading now?
I just finished A Dog's Purpose. I have a trilogy, Spy Hook, Spy Line and Spy Sinker on my nightstand.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More adventures for Joni and Adam but possibly a child's book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Black Stallion or Executive Decision.