Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
As an author, I’m a late bloomer. It wasn’t until my responsibilities eased up that I decided to put together a cookbook as a wedding gift to my oldest child. I collected old photos, wrote captions, and then started to relate family stories. My “gift” ended up as a 250 page, spiral-bound cookbook photocopied 50 times to hand out to all my relatives and friends. (No such thing as apps back then.) From that time on, I’ve done my best to pass on information intended to make life easier for others. My nautical books, THE PERFECT FIRST MATE and KITCHEN AFLOAT, are loaded with practical info as well as hard facts. Watch for my newest boating book, THE SMART GUIDE TO CRUISING spring 2015. I’ve never stopped developing and writing down recipes, so it made sense to share them in my EMPTY NEST COOKBOOK. And, after surviving three clustered weddings, I just had to pass helpful planning info to other mothers with OH, NO, THEY’RE ENGAGED! In between adult books, I love writing stories for my grandchildren,Juvenile Fiction,I believe it’s called. I hope you will enjoy sharing SEAGULLS DON’T EAT WORMS with your little ones ages three to eight.
You should know, however, that my true love is fiction-writing. My romantic suspense, GREEN FIRE was released early 2013.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Don’t be disappointed, but my latest book is a boater’s manual, THE SMART GUIDE TO CRUISING, due for release JUne 1. An agent at a romance writer’s conference cornered me and I agreed to write it–which took much time away from my fiction work. Now, I am back where I belong and expect to complete and publish HEAR ME ROAR and HEARTBREAK HOTEL by the end of the year.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m trying to come up with something odd I do to evoke ideas when writing, and nada. I took over my daughter’s old bedroom–known as the “get-out” room for my office because it is close to the front door of our home–as my office. Most days, I awaken ready to put words to paper. I grab a cup of coffee, shuffle into my office and sit down to work for a bit before starting the rest of my day.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read a variety of genres, and I can’t say any one author has influenced my writing style. I enjoy reading fantasy, romance, mystery, thrillers–anything except the books on war my husband likes.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am overhauling a Woman’s Fiction, entitled HEAR ME ROAR. In it, a woman striving for a happy marriage is drawn into a vortex of lies and deceit when her husband is imprisoned and her child is kidnapped. My new new romance, which I call HEARTBREAK HOTEL, involves a run down hotel on an island, a society deb, and an uptight accountant. As do many authors, I have several incomplete manuscripts that may or may not ever be publication ready.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Typically, I rely on social media as a means of promoting my works. I’ve had a website for eons. I just switched over to Weebly, which I love because of its expanded capabilities. I have a page for each book, and offer recipes and book reviews in the blog section, which post to Facebook and Twitter.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. Believe in your book; believe in yourself–and be persistent.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
At a writing conference I heard Susan Orland (Orchid Thief) speak about writer’s block. Her words opened up a new world for me, as far as writing goes, and led to the publication of my first book, THE PERFECT FIRST MATE. It goes something like this…
If you are blocked, you haven’t done the research, and if you are still blocked you haven’t done enough thinking.
What are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading the manuscript for a historical romance by Gail Ingis, INDIGO SKY, which is under contract for publication. On my nightable is a thriller by Joseph Finder.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I expect to continue with womens fiction. I would love to produce a paranormal romance or a thriller.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Outlander Series. Love the characters, love the adventure, love the writing.