Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have three books written, Seven Sisters, Moonlight Falls on Seven Sisters and Shadows Stir at Seven Sisters. The last book will be released this month. I’m so excited!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
That would be Shadows Stir at Seven Sisters. I had to finish the story of Carri Jo Jardine, a southern girl and historian who has an unusual gift–she dreams about the past. I think what most inspired me to write this book and all the books in this series was all of the Old Mobile history. So many stories that haven’t been told. It’s a treasure trove waiting to be mined.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so but I have to confess that besides my bed, my writing desk is my favorite room in the house.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Gosh, so many! As a kid I read everything I could get my hands on from CS Lewis to to Lewis Carroll. As an adult, I admit that I love Stephen R. Lawhead. His take on Arthurian legend is one of my favorite. I love Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne Rice and I’m ashamed to admit it but I love Charlaine Harris too.
What are you working on now?
I am researching for my next book, The Tale of Nefret. It’s a historical fiction set in ancient Egypt. My heroine is beautiful, of course but one heck of a survivor.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have a list of indie-friendly websites that I submit books to each month. It’s just part of the self-publishing landscape.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Stop talking about writing. Do the writing. If a novel seems like a daunting task, start with a short story but do write something.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write the book you want to read.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading a book called “Angel Wars” by Stephen Quayle. This is research for my new book.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Man, that’s a good question. I’ve had so much success with my books I have to end my writing relationship with some of my ghostwriting clients. So I guess the next step for me is making more time for my own work. It’s exciting but scary. I can’t help but feel as if this is what I was born for. I love it.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Peter Benchley’s Jaws–bar none. I have a worn copy that I read every summer, usually while I’m at the beach. It reminds me of summers growing up, my parents and life. Definitely my favorite book.