Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing since I was in middle school. When I discovered romance novels in junior high, I knew I wanted to write them someday. My writing remained a hobby while I studied biology and forensic DNA science. I worked as a molecular biologist and published cancer research before finally leaving the lab and taking up my laptop full time.
I’ve written six books and have published two of them so far. I’m hoping to publish two more of them this year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest books is called Magick Charm. It’s a story about twins in New Orleans who cast a magick spell to improve their love lives.
I got the idea for the book in a dream about the twins and their relationship with one another. They are as different as two people can be, yet they’re so close. That doesn’t mean they don’t bicker with each other, which they do quite a bit!
I developed the rest of the story starting the next day. I couldn’t get the twins out of my head! I set the novel in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities and a fun background for characters playing with magickal spells!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I often write with music or television on in the background. While some people prefer the silence, I find that it’s actually distracting for me when it’s too quiet.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
One of my favorite writers is Stephen King. His book On Writing was a really helpful read for me. He famously had a stack of rejection letters before he finally began to publish his books. I find that knowing even the most popular writers didn’t have immediate success offers new writers hope.
What are you working on now?
I’ve been editing the sequels to Magick Charm. The next story is a novella titled Gypsy Magick. It follows the police officer from the first book in a murder case that seems to involve voodoo, but she knows it’s not as clear-cut as it seems.
Next I will edit Free Spirit, the second book in the New Orleans Magick Series. This book follows the ghost-hunting adventures of the offbeat twin, Rachel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still trying to figure that one out! Mostly, I’ve been trying to stay busy communicating with my readers on Facebook and through my blogs.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up! Writing is a tough, competitive business. It’s difficult to get published for the first time. At first, rejection letters can make you cry, but just keep going. Keep writing and keep submitting until your books find their homes.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t stop writing. While you’re waiting for a book to get sold or you’re promoting a newly-released book, just keep writing. Don’t stall. Work on your next project. Ultimately, the best way to succeed is through continued publishing and sales of your backlist.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen. I’m also reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Admittedly, I’m reading it slowly to make sure I understand everything!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve been considering branching out and trying a new genre after I get the rest of the New Orleans Magick Series published.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Stand by Stephen King. It’s such a great story, and the character development is amazing.