Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived there we moved to Japan when I was 8. When we came back to the States, we moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I graduated from Camelback High School and went on to Arizona State University. However, I dropped out in the second semester and joined the U.S. Navy. After 3 years, I was honorably discharged, got married and went back to college. This time I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA. I went back in the Navy as a commissioned officer and retired with 22 years of service. While in service, I earned another degree, an MMAS, Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. After my retirement, my husband and I spent a few years living in our motorhome, crisscrossing the country until he passed away. I went back to work as a federal civil servant in the Department of Homeland Security. I retired once more to devote my time to writing. I’ve published seven books in two series. The first series is called “The Seaward Isle Saga” and includes “The Black Elf of Seaward Isle,” “Tangled Omens,” and “Blood Mission” as well as a short story, “The Island Game: The Inside Story of Seaward Isle.” The second series, “The Chronicles of Eledon,” includes four books, “Spell Breaker” (2016 Book Excellence Award finalist), “The Blue Witch” (2017 International Book Award finalist), “Gossamer,” and “Noble Magic.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"Noble Magic." It's the fourth book in "The Chronicles of Eledon" series, bringing it to a conclusion. All of my books were inspired by "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien as well as the movie version directed by Peter Jackson.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It has to be completely silent so I can be alone with my imagination.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I belong to the Writers' League of Texas and I've attended a number of their classes and seminars. Even though I no longer live in the area, I can attend classes online. So far as authors, I like Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, James Rollins, and Tom Clancy. I recently found a new author by the name of Jay Posey and his book, "Sungrazer," a new favorite.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on the first book of my next series. The working title is "Curse of the Sea."
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I've scheduled a virtual book tour in November for "Noble Magic" with Enchanted Book Promotions.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You need a good editor to improve your writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My mom told me in a dream that writing is like pushing an airplane. It's hard to push, but once it gets rolling, it'll take off. Yes, I believe in dreams.
What are you reading now?
"Escape Clause" by John Sandford. It's a mystery.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Two of my short stories will be published in an anthology by the Tucson Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers Group in the next few months. The titles are "One Way Journey" and the other is "The Bonds of Earth."
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can't answer this question because I don't have one. I like a lot of books, but there isn't one that transcends all the rest.