Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
As marine brat, I’ve traveled the world over, but grew up mostly in Hawaii, Japan, and Virginia. My father’s duty stations took my family everywhere from Okinawa, Japan to half the continental U.S.
I’ve been married for 15 wonderful years, and have a wonderfully creative 12 year-old boy. I also have two rescue dogs, Roxy and Jewel. We all reside in Oklahoma City.
My first book, Finding Kylie, was published in 2008. It received numerous positive reviews and was converted into a screenplay. Subsequently, I’ve released two more books: Facing Redemption (the sequel to Finding Kylie) & Coming Home, which gives a supporting character, from Finding Kylie, her own story.
I’m about release Saving Grace in the fall of 2015, which is the sister story to Coming Home. All four could be considered a series, yet they stand alone. Also, make sure to look for a brand new set of characters with Second Chances, which is releasing in 2016.
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What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Second Chances is coming out in 2016. As I’ve aged (I’m about to turn 43), I realized just how many woman my age were on their second time around when it came to marriage and relationships. With my first four books, I wrote about 20-somethings, which was appropriate as I was that age when I started the series.
I felt it was time to give a 40-something woman her turn at true love, as sometimes it doesn’t really hit until the second time around.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
At night, I dream about my characters. It’s not on purpose … it just happens. But since I have that luxury, I put them different scenarios to see who they’d feel or react. This helps me flesh them out to see who they really are.
Also, I can’t read other books while I’m writing. It convolutes what I’m doing within my own characters.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are a lot of writers that have inspired me. To name a few:
And of course the New Testament writers …
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am getting ready to release ‘Saving Grace’, which is the final book in the first of my four book series. This will come out this summer.
Also, I just completed my fifth book, ‘Second Chances’. Now it’s off to the editor and beta readers. This will release next year.
Once I am at a point, to which I can come up for air – I have three new storyline ideas. It’s just a matter of picking which one I feel would make the most impact – and start writing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social Media is a huge factor, but so are book signings with my locally owned book stores. Promoting is key to anyone’s success, so making sure everyone you know is aware of your books, whether by social media or plain old fashioned ‘in real life’ social networking.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It’s a great idea to go to any writers conference you’re able to attend. It not only gets you exposure, but it helps you broaden your writer circle. The more writers you can network with – the better your understanding and awareness of what it takes to make it will be. Never feel like you’re not good enough, as there will be a wide array of writers there from professional to the ‘I think I want to write but am not sure how to get started’. These conferences have something for everyone!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t be afraid of criticism. You may love your characters and storyline, but not everyone thinks like you. Listen to those around you, who can help elevate your work. And do it without hurt feelings or defenses … do it with the excitement that whatever the outcome – it’s going to help you.
In the same vein – not everyone understands what you do. So surround yourself with knowledgeable ‘un-biased’ beta readers who can give you valuable feedback.
What are you reading now?
I am just fresh off a writing project, so I’m looking to read anything. I am leaning toward The Book Thief or Gone Girl. I’d love some recommendations.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next, I plan on letting my new story lines simmer in the back of my mind. Of the three I have at my disposal, whichever keeps haunting me in my dreams or awaking me into the day – I will start writing. But, only after I get to a certain point with ‘Second Chances’.
After I get a review back for ‘Second Chances’, I’ll start fleshing my characters out for book six and contemplating a title.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Easy … Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
This not be the obvious choice, but it holds fond memories for me, as a budding writer in the fourth grade. He is who first inspired me to come out of my shell (no pun intended) and to let others read my writing. This led to an award for my first book, which wasn’t published, but it was submitted to my school system. It won best author, and after that I was hooked.