Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m an author, singer, songwriter, guitar player and professional honky tonk girl. I wrote the self development book, Amazon Best Seller, The Habit Fix. The second book in the series, The Habit Fix 2: Quickstep, also became an Amazon Best Seller. My first illustrated children’s book, Natasha The Party Crasher, was released in February 2016. I’m still figuring out what to do with that but it’s going to involve music and an audio book. I’m currently in the midst of writing a crime novel set in New York City.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book happens to be a 32 page children’s picture book called, Natasha The Party Crasher which is part of series. Much of the inspiration for Natasha came from a beautiful, high energy, sometimes too loud little girl whom I adore. It’s about how those who are a little bit different can sometimes be rejected or avoided by the crowd. I’m happy with the book because it demonstrates the value of those who may be a little different. It also tells a fun store that encourages kids to appreciate the creativity in other kids who are not quite the same as they are.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to get up at around 3:30 am and write for a while, then go back to bed. There is something magical and creative about that time. Plus, it feels a little sneaky and private so it inspires me to take risks in my writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I could be here all day talking about who inspires me! I’ve read and have been influenced by Stephen King for as long as I’ve been alive. I’m a real fangirl for his horror classic, but I’m particularly impressed with the short story books he’s produced the last few years. His book, “On Writing” is truly inspiring. I’m also a fan of John Irving – what a story teller! – and many of the classics. I re-read The Count Of Monte Cristo every couple of years. For children’s books I love Roald Dahl, Dr. Suess, and the illustrations of David Catrow. I’m captivated by Lois Lowry, staggered by the creativity of Suzanne Collins and awed by the epic scope of Ken Follett. Reading The Exorcist still terrifies me and would love to some day create characters as strong as Mario Puzo’s Godfather family.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently in the middle of my first major novel. It’s dark, supernatural, crime mystery set in modern day New York city. It’s my deepest, darkest, most serious work yet. I’ll let you know if it’s any good.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
As of now, my only experience has been with promoting my books on Amazon. I was lucky enough to get a Bookbub feature for my first book. That brought me about 44,000 downloads. I’m still learning about book promotion. Like everyone else, I’d rather be writing, but it’s something all independent authors must deal with now. I use my Facebook page a lot as I have about 7,000 fans on there. I’ve got some live book readings and promotional visits planned for my children’s book. I’ve also seen some results with Robin Reads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author! Get back to me a in a year or two and I’ll talk your ear off.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What people think of you is none of your damn business.
What are you reading now?
I’m always in the middle of a several books. Right now, it’s ‘Dear Cary’ by Dyan Cannon, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle and ‘It’s A Long Story’ by Willie Nelson and ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As I mentioned, I’ll working on my first major novel and hope to have that finished by early summer. I’ll also be focused on trying to build an audience for my current books.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Oh this question is not fair! How can only book support all the moods, situations, dramas and beautiful fragile moments of an entire life? I’m going to cop out and simply say, a Bill Bryson can be your favorite book of all time in many given moments. Also, The Count of Monte Cristo will take you away from wherever you are, any time, if you want to go.