Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a life-long reader who treasures fantasy in all forms. Being a middle child in a large family gave me a unique perspective on the world, but few experiences compare to my time spent studying abroad in Cambridge, England and wandering throughout Europe.
After my travels, I settled down in Arizona to teach junior high English, and later, to spend time with my young children, husband, and cats.
To date, I have one published novel, “To Kill a Wizard,” and two short stories set in the same world, “The Sea Goddess” and “Realm of Goddesses.” They are all young adult fantasy romance stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent short story is “Realm of Goddesses.” It is the second short story in my Dessi series. The inspiration for this piece was a deep desire to bring to life all the characters who had such a huge impact on creating the world Rose (from “To Kill a Wizard”) struggles within. Dessi, as well as many other characters, are more than just pieces of Rose’s backstory, they are living, breathing characters with their own stories to tell.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
A lot of my work is typed one-handed, while nursing my children. It’s a slow process at times, but I’ll cherish this special time for the rest of my life.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
J.K. Rowling showed me how a good writer can truly breathe life into characters. Robin Hobb proved that even concepts that have been done before can be re-imagined to be new and spectacular.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on the third short story in my Dessi series, as well as, a short story for an anthology.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media helps a bit when promoting. But so far, I believe my blog has done the best job at promoting my work. I’m also excited to see the results of promoting with MyBookPlace.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I highly recommend all new authors join a critique group. It isn’t impossible to grow as a writer on your own, but I’ve learned more since joining a critique group than in all my years writing alone.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You may change a lot as you edit, but don’t lose your voice.
What are you reading now?
“Dangerous Women,” a great collection of short stories by some amazing writers.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to continue writing and publishing. It isn’t glamorous, but it’s what most writers spend their time doing.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably the Harry Potter series, because by the end all the characters feel like real people.