Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm an award-winning author who writes paranormal, fantasy fiction. I believe my fascination with the unknown derives from my childhood. When my parents were married, they were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to extraterrestrial cases. My upbringing, knowledge, and experiences with the paranormal world, along with my colorful imagination, aid me in creating my stories.
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but now live in rural North Dakota in a farming community of about 1,800 people. I love it here. I've been happily married for 22 years. I have no kids. I can't have them, but I do have a four-legged one–a fat, snuggly boy cat named Church. 🙂 He's a great source of entertainment, and I love him to bits.
I have an irreverent sense of humor, and I believe having a dirty mind makes boring conversations more interesting. When I'm not writing, working on book stuff, or at the office, I'm hanging out with the hubster–every Friday we have date night–reading, catching up on my favorite TV shows (Originals anyone?), going to antique stores, or trying out a new recipe.
I've written seven books in total, but only six have been published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I have a new book out titled: Legends of Deceit. Genre: fantasy, new adult. It's the first book in a series. So far, the story has received rave reviews.
What inspired me was I wanted to write a tale where the main character (Haven) is living a normal life, going to college to become an archaeologist, but then one fateful night her whole life changes. She discovers ten years of her life has been a lie. A gypsy witch had cast a memory spell on Haven when she was twelve and sent her to earth to live with a family whom Haven thought was her biological parents. Haven's real name is Alaris. She's a princess, destined to rule Atheon where mythical creatures exist. This tale is both fantastical and paranormal with elements of romance. It's also a mystery that'll keep the reader guessing throughout the story. So my inspiration came from the desire to write something new, and my love for fantasy characters such as fairies, brownies, dragons, warriors, etc.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
No. Not really. I have a structured life.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Anne Rice, JK Rowling, Stephen King, George Orwell, and Hemingway.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on promoting my new release–Legends of Deceit. Soon I'll be working on book two of the series and possibly–at the same time–if I can pull it off, a spin-off to my Beyond the Eyes trilogy, which will include all of the original characters, including Ameerah and her continuing story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. I do have a street team that helps me out. My girls rock. 😀 Honestly, I'm still learning about marketing. I don't know what works best or how to reach the right readers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, write what you love, otherwise you'll lose interest and abandon your WIP (writing in progress), read, read, read, and write everyday. If writing a book is one of your dreams, don't give up, and don't compare yourself to other authors or get depressed because their books are doing well. Focus on what you're doing. Each author has their own writing voice. Find yours. It's unique and special. No one can replicate it. Keep writing and never stop believing in yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Worrying does you no good. Sit for thirty minutes and worry as hard as you can. What did you get out of it . . . an ulcer, an upset stomach? It doesn't change the situation you're fretting over, so stop worrying.
What are you reading now?
Anarchy Found by J.A. Huss
What’s next for you as a writer?
Book two in my new Legends of Deceit series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
1984 by George Orwell, The Stand by Stephen King, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and Harry Potter by JK Rowing. I can't pick just one. LOL