Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve always written. Ever since I was a kid I’ve kept a diary or journal. I blogged before it was a thing, only I called it writing letters. I even mailed them. It wasn’t until four years ago that I was encouraged to publish my story. I just had to write it down first. CLOSURE is my first book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The title of my book is CLOSURE. I was inspired to write it because this story would not let me rest until I told it. It is deeply personal and the emotions expressed are real.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Probably nothing more unusual than other authors I know. I'll write on anything to keep my muse happy–from napkins to post-its to paper bits found in the trash. I even wrote on the back of a parking ticket once because that's the only paper I could find in my car.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was influenced by Elizabeth Gilbert's EAT, PRAY, LOVE because her emotions were very real and relatable for me. I read THE BRIDGE ACROSS FOREVER, by Richard Bach, as a teenager and became obsessed with the idea of having a soulmate. That is the seed of when my story began. I started writing it at 19.
What are you working on now?
My work in progress is about a woman who is conned by her controlling boyfriend, an unemployed therapist, and how he psychologically terrorizes her throughout their dysfunctional relationship. Their may be a twist or two . . .
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Go to writers conferences, meet other writers, find a community and get plugged in. Read books about writing. And, most importantly–write!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Writing a book is not a Herculean effort if you break it down. Write every day, consistently. 300 words is a page. If you write a page every day, you'll have a book in six months.
What are you reading now?
JK Rowling's THE CASUAL VACANCY
What’s next for you as a writer?
Working on and finishing up my second book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
What? I can't pick just one! I was an English Literature teacher; I can't possibly have just one favorite! I like different books for different moods, from the classics to the latest new thing. There's just too many to choose.