Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a country girl who grew up on the north side of the Missouri River and moved to the south side of that river nearly thirty-seven years ago. My husband is a fifth generation family farmer and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. We have two grown sons married to wonderful girls and the two most fantastic grandchildren in the universe.
I began making up stories before I could write them on paper. Writing is as much a part of me as my nose and the color of my eyes. I just published my sixth fiction e-book. My autobiography was published by SoHo Press back in 1993 and I have ghostwritten numerous online articles. Even had a couple poems published eons ago. But my heart has always been in writing fiction.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As of Oct. 7, 2017 the second story in my Sweet Pea Trilogy was published. Time to Deceive (Sweet Pea II) covers events of Johanna Louise (called Johnie' by family and friends) life from 1970 into the spring of 1974.
Here is the official blurb: Getting married means you’re going to live happily ever after with your true love. Right? Unfortunately, for Johnie, the first thing she learns after marrying Phil is the necessity of deception as she conceals her love for Jake. Fate continues its cruel intervention when members of Johnie’s family meet untimely deaths and Jake returns to mourn the loss of his sister. Jake and Johnie reunite briefly, painfully, in determination to adopt their four-year-old nephew, B.J. Together, they tackle the on-going vengeance of Phil’s sister, Brenda. Johnie’s dream of happiness becomes a nightmare where Brenda cackles while Johnie boils naked in a cauldron of pea green soup. Because of Marsha’s return and steadfast loyalty, Johnie is able to endure even the most unthinkable.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I'm a night owl. That may be unusual to others but it is perfectly normal to me. I do my best writing after 9 P.M. into the early morning hours.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have many favorites. I tend to follow well-known authors such as Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown, Newt Gingrich, and Dan Brown. But I have a few lesser known favorites too. John Bowers writes some fantastic futuristic science fiction. Erma Bombeck is a favorite non-fiction author. Recently, I have begun to look for books by new indie authors as well. T
What are you working on now?
Right now I'm trying to get Sweet Pea III: The Price of Passion in shipshape so I can publish it Nov. 2017. Here is the current blurb:
Sweet Pea III: The Price of Passion (1984-1990)
Time has come and gone, years pass, Johnie’s children are growing and she has learned to accept her parents’ untimely deaths. Her friendship with Marsha continues to thrive. By the time ‘the 70’s’ become ‘the 80’s’, Johnie has also built an enduring relationship with her mother-in-law, Amie. Her marriage to Phil is a sham. Although they tried, they were never able to rekindle the trust they once shared. All those years, a secret part of Johnie’s soul survives, nurturing the memory of Jake. Fate strikes several more dramatic blows and once again, everything changes.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Interviews like these and other promotional sites or groups are the best and easiest way to promote books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just do it. No one is going to be able to take those words, that story out of your head and apply it to paper or computer screen but yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Finish it! No matter how long it takes; how many times you have to rewrite it. Finish that story!
What are you reading now?
Nothing at the moment. I'm between books while I complete the final stages of the Sweet Pea Trilogy
What’s next for you as a writer?
After The Price of Passion is published, I will probably take a few weeks breather before I go back to my Birds in Peril Series. Book Five: Wise, Bold Eagle is partially written and I have notes for a sixth which will probably end that series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss