Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I recently published my second book about living and working as an expat school administrator in a Muslim school in Cairo, Egypt. My first book was all about our first experience going oversea. During the ten years my family and I lived in four different countries.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
KIDS, CAMELS, & CAIRO is the name of my second book. For two years my husband and I lived in an Islamic society and worked as administrators in a Muslim school. It was an exciting time for us and so new that we often committed cultural faux pas.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't really have any unusual writing habits and for my first book my research basically involved picking the brains of my kids and husband. I also unearthed the journals and diaries that I kept from the early years when we first started teaching overseas and our kids were very young. Together we enjoyed reliving and rehashing the memories. Once I sat down and started writing I couldn’t stop. As a family we did it all and there was so much to include-the travel opportunities, experiencing different cultures, eating the strange foods, and visiting and seeing amazing sites around the world. Writing my memoirs was a labor of love as it was all about my kids, my husband, and the amazing and interesting life we lived as overseas educators.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I especially enjoy reading travel memoirs by and about women. I also learn from as I continue writing my own travelogues.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am giving my all to market my book. My next project will be a travelogue about my year spent working in a school in Gurgaon, India, with my husband. I loved India and enjoy writing about such a unique culture and country and its many contrasts.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Goodreads often to promote my books and to find other good books to read. I advise authors to find websites that feature books of your genre and submit your book. Write online interviews. Take part in book swaps. Enter book contests. Get your book out there as much as possible and anyway you can.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Always get your book edited even if you have to pay. Have as many beta readers as you can read your manuscript and give you feedback.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I was told by a beta reader that I go crazy with adverbs so I am now more conscious of that and make sure I cut way down.
What are you reading now?
I recently finished a new memoir about a woman traveling in Ecuador who was gang raped. It was a shocking read.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My next project will be a travelogue about my year spent working in a school in Gurgaon, India, with my husband. I loved India and enjoy writing about such a unique culture and country and its many contrasts.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite books tend to be travel memoirs. I mostly read female authors and especially enjoy reading books about important women from other cultures.