Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a Midwest girl, born and raised. Though I travel a LOT (for the day job) I always love coming home. Dorothy said it best, “There’s no place like home.” I’ve completed three books and a short story so far with more in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Book 2 in my Heroes of the Night series, “Remember the Night” is set to release on April 21. It tells the story of the sister of our heroine from book 1 in the series, “More than One Night” and after writing book 1, I knew Evelyn needed to share her story and find her happily ever after as well!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I LOVE music. I listen to music while I’m cleaning house, in the car, making dinner, etc. but I simply cannot listen to music while writing. So for me, NOT being able to listen to music while I write is definitely an unusual writing habit LOL
Otherwise, I’m pretty much a butt-in-the-chair, hands on the keyboard kind of gal. I do set the timer on my phone for one hour to concentrate on writing and promise myself some Candy Crush time once I’ve generated at least a thousand words! 🙂
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but I would have to say my biggest influence for my writing comes from Sara Paretsky. Her V.I. Warshawski novels are just fantastic and as a life-long lover of mysteries, her story-telling captivated me and kept me turning pages year after year. I love her style and I appreciate all she’s done to promote the mystery genre and support other writers as well.
What are you working on now?
I have a few projects going on right now. I’m getting ready to query out a mystery with romantic elements,. I’m also plotting book 2 in the mystery series and have a proposal out for Book 3 in the Heroes of the Night Series. Additionally, I’m about 47K words in on a cozy mystery I’ve been toying with for some time. Enough to keep me out of trouble…well, most of the time!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still new to the marketing and promo side of the business. I’ve learned a few things since Book 1 came out that I’m hoping to apply to Book 2. Twitter shares has been helpful and I also have an amazing street team (Leiren’s Lovelies) that have bene very helpful in spreading the word.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never forget WHY you started writing in the first place. Publishing is a business and can be tough on the creative sides of our spirits, but keeping a sense of humor and remembering why you started writing in the first place will help keep you reasonably sane and grounded.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Sometimes life gets in the way of writing for a short time and that’s okay. Not knowing where your story is going is NOT an excuse not to write. So put your butt in the chair and write. You’re not special. We all have doubts, fears, and insecurities. Work through them and keep writing.” Susan Elizabeth Phillips (during a pep talk at one of my RWA chapter meetings 🙂 )
What are you reading now?
I just finished a book so the next one on my TBR pile is “Rescued by the Ranger”” by Dixie Lee Brown and after that “Make Me” by Lee Child.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writers write. So while I’ll be focusing some time and effort on promotion for “Remember the Night,” I’ll continue to work on my projects and jot down notes for ideas that come to me in the few hours a night my mind quiets enough to sleep.
What is your favorite book of all time?
It’s really hard to name just one, but as I think about all the reading I did in my younger years, one book always comes to mind: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. A beautiful classic and one I still have in my library today (both hard copy and Kindle version)