Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
The Girl Next Door is the only mystery novel I've written to date though mystery is my favorite form of fiction. I have written a few early novels under a pseudonym but nothing to write home about (no pun intended). My next novel will be a departure from the genre, however, and I'm eager to see how it's received. It has topical elements as well as a romance but I don't want to give too much away.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Girl Next Door is my most recent novel, my debut mystery, and it was inspired by a novel by Tara Sivec titled Bury Me. I edited that book for Ms. Sivec (a talented and versatile author) and decided to explore the notion of memory loss within a murder mystery and how morality infuses it. Shakespeare's murderers could never return from altering the universe in such a permanent way. I thought maybe it doesn't always happen that way. Maybe it is possible to come back from such an event. So that's how the novel sprang forth.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do not write sequentially. I write in pieces and then stitch it together, which makes my life quite difficult.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Influenced is tricky but inspired? Caleb Carr, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, to name a few. I loved Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things so much. Shadow of the Wind is another favorite. There are just so many—too many to list.
What are you working on now?
My new novel revolves around a character involved in a very topical event and includes a romantic element as the subplot.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I've tried many little ones as well as a few big advertisers but my best experience to date has been with Mybookplace.net. The results were immediate and encouraging.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you know and what you love. Don't worry about the economic value or how others perceive you. There is never a thing as pleasing everyone all of the time so don't even try. Just follow your bliss.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Buy stock in companies you like. Other than that? Writing is food for the soul so if you try to make it into an economic engine, it will become a tedious job. Writers love the written word and all of us start out as readers. Read, read, read before you even pick up a pen or keyboard.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and have moved on to another mystery titled Cold-blooded by Lisa Regan. I've also been working my way through 1984, a book I haven't read since high school (a long time ago).
What’s next for you as a writer?
As mentioned, I'm working on a new book in a different genre and I continue copyediting manuscripts for other indie authors.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is too difficult to answer. I can say three of my top favorites are The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, a heart-achingly brilliant book. The Alienist by Caleb Carr remains a top fave, and maybe Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. But again, there are so many favorites.
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