Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an author with Dream Big Publishing. I currently have eighteen published stories with more planned. Writing is and always has been my passion, though sometimes having a house, three kids, a husband and a few critters keeps me away from spending as much time on my passion as I'd like to. I'm a hopeless romantic with a pretty good love story in my own life to offer me inspiration for the fictional ones I create. My husband is my best friend. My children are my greatest source of joy and headaches. My entire world revolves around them, our home and my writing.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest published book is 'Love Her Softly'. It is a love story set in the 1800's. I absolutely love romances and include them in every story I write. Love Her Softly is actually a rewrite of a story called Fallen Angel that I wrote years and years ago. I ended up rereading some of my older works and I felt like Fallen Angel was a story that deserved more love and attention than I gave it back then. So, we ended up with Love Her Softly and I truly think it's a wonderful story of love, strength and perseverance. I hope my readers will too.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really…. Is it unusual to run through dialogue and plot lines with your Australian Shepherd on your morning walks? She truly seems to enjoy it and doesn't ever say a word about it being unusual.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Some of my favorite authors are Jack London, Nicholas Sparks, Cassie Edwards and Stephen King.. Though, I'm the type of person that doesn't have to know the author of a book to pick it up and get lost in it. "Call of the Wild' will forever be a favorite of mine. I love the primal tones and the fight between civilized and wild–I feel like that has influenced a lot of my works. Nicholas Sparks write absolutely beautiful romances–my only complaint is that the majority of them end sadly. I'm a wimp and hate a sad ending.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on rewriting and editing a seven part werewolf series so I can send it in to my publisher. I don't want to give out too many details, but, I honestly think my readers are going to be really pleased to finally see this one coming to their bookshelves, kindles, nooks and other devices!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Honestly, Wattpad has always been my go to. I have built a fairly large reading fan base on that site. Facebook is also a site i use quite often.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I honestly hate it when people ask me this question! Because every person is so very different. Their circumstances, their minds, their styles and their lives vary so drastically that, what works for one person, won't work for another.
The best advice I can give is to write what you are passionate about. Write for yourself. Write for the joy that it gives to you. When you are passionate about what you're working on, that will shine through and your readers will be able to feel it. It will draw them in and keep them there–and lost in your books is right where you want them.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I ever heard was, 'take a break'. I am terrible for putting expectations and demands on myself and becoming overwhelmed. "Take a break". I honestly felt that if I took a break, even for a day or week or (eeek) a month, people would forget about me and i would no longer matter. I felt that my writing wasn't good enough for people to wait around on me. But, you know what? Taking a break, recharging batteries, coming back with a fresh perspective, just makes writing that much easier and that much better.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading Dean Koontz 'Velocity'. I'm only on chapter one but I'm hoping to find time soon to really sit down and dive in because I love his style.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Who knows! With my crazy mind, there is certainly no way to predict it. I am going to finish this series and then go wherever my writing muse decides to take me!
What is your favorite book of all time?
Jack London 'Call of the Wild'. Hands down. Didn't even have to think about it. Buck is my spirit animal. My first love was that dog.
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