Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a writer, photographer, blogger, and author of two critter-themed memoirs – Crazy Critter Lady, and No Better Medicine – both of which detail my experiences rescuing and caring for animals in need.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
No Better Medicine (How Caring for Critters Helped Heal the Wounds of the Past) is my most recent book, and it picks up where Crazy Critter Lady left off, with new stories about all sorts of different animals: cats, dogs, worms, ducks, horses – you name it, it’s in there!
I wrote it as a follow-up to my first book because my critter adventures continue and I love writing and sharing those stories.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I wait until the mood strikes, then sit down and write until I have nothing left to say. It usually takes about two hours to complete a session, then, another hour or so to proofread and make corrections.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite authors are Bill Bryson – his travel narratives are hilarious; Bob Tarte, who also writes critter-themed memoirs, is also terrifically funny, and quite possibly even crazier than I am (but in the nicest possible way!); and Stephen King when I’m in the mood for something creepy.
What are you working on now?
Trying to keep my critter blog up-to-date, training my horse (and acquiring horse stories in the process), and working on Book 3 when I get a few minutes to sit down and write.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t think that there’s any one thing to do, I think it requires a multi-pronged approach in which you keep an eye out for every single opportunity you can find to promote your book. There are all kinds of websites where you can list it, and there are always people looking to interview interesting writers. Make yourself be one of them!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writing is an art, and those who think that anyone can be a writer are dead wrong! Writing takes a great deal of knowledge: sentence structure, paragraph structure, punctuation, spelling – all of those things need to be mastered (and relying on spell-check doesn’t count!). After you have all of those basics well in hand, then you need to have a compelling story to tell. Why should people want to read your book when there are plenty of others on the same subject already out there? Writing for others (as opposed to writing just for your own amusement) also takes guts: pouring your heart into your work, and then putting it out there and hoping people like it can be really stressful! But if you think you have good stories to tell, then GO FOR IT!!!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
There’s a great quote by Stephen King that I can’t remember verbatim, but goes something like this: writers don’t write to get laid, get famous, make friends, or make money. They do it because they can’t NOT do it. And he’s right. If you’re looking to make it big as a writer, then maybe you need to consider another line of work. If you write because something from deep within compels you, then congratulations, you’re a writer! Now, what are you going to do about it?!
What are you reading now?
A charming narrative called Paris in Love by Eloisa James. After that, I’m in the mood to re-read my favorite Bob Tarte book, Enslaved by Ducks.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ll keep having my critter adventures, and keep writing about them. If I can finagle it, and convince my husband, I’d like to try combining writing about animals and a critter-themed trip to London. If such a thing is even possible! LOL
What is your favorite book of all time?
Are you kidding? Who can pick just one??? My top choices, in to particular order: Enslaved by Ducks (Bob Tarte), Neither Here Nor There (Bill Bryson), The Shining (Stephen King), A Year in Provence (Peter Mayle), Carrie (Stephen King), Fowl Weather (Bob Tarte), and Notes From a Small Island (Bill Bryson). And the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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