Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies, which is a series of novels that feature residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. I’ve also written a number of nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent release is Bark to the Future, the fifth book in the Alpine Grove series. It was inspired to some degree by the movie Say Anything. (What if Lloyd Dobler did NOT go with the high school valedictorian to England and they met again later?)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes if I’m really into a story, I dream scenes. Then all I have to do after I wake up is go write it down. It doesn’t always happen with every novel, but when it does, it’s a lot of fun.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Janet Evanovitch is one of the funniest authors I have ever read. The Stephanie Plum books that include Bob, the dog that eats everything inspired me to write romantic comedies that include animals. Let’s face it, sometimes dogs and cats can be really funny 🙂
What are you working on now?
I’m in the process of revising both my sixth book (Howl at the Loon) and my seventh book (The Good, the Bad, and the Pugly). They will be released this summer. I’m also starting the outline and figuring out characters for the as-yet-untitled eighth book in the Alpine Grove series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
It’s difficult to get accepted, but if BookBub will advertise your book, do it.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write every day. Like almost anything else, writing becomes easier the more you do it. You don’t “find time to write.” You make time to write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
A long time ago, my father told me, “writers write.” Talking about writing is not writing. Going to conferences is not writing. Mindless online surfing is not writing. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for actually just sitting down and writing.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing more books in my series. I’m on track to release four full-length novels this year.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I read it multiple times when I was growing up.