Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I've been writing since 2002 when I took on a dare from another teacher to write a novel during summer break. Now there are an eclectic mix of children's, young adult, and adult novels published traditionally and independently under my name on Amazon. I retired from teaching in 2006.
I've written a thriller, Edge of Escape, a break-your-heart adventure, The Guardian's Diary, and two paranormal dramas, Sheltered and A Soul's Kiss. My science fiction novels, Exodia and Out of Exodia, cross genres for a futuristic dystopian journey. My first sci-fi adventure is The Girl in the Time Machine. My second foray into sci-fi is the four book space adventure that begins with The Time Bender.
I've also written several children's books and a couple of non-fiction books.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write early in the morning and don't eat or drink anything for the first three or four hours. Once I start writing and get in the zone, time flies.
What authors have influenced you?
Dean Koontz was the first author to influence me and then probably every author I've read has added something to my style and technique.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I'd tell new authors to always have someone professionally edit their work. Also read as many books as you can in and out of your genre.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I've heard is to never give up.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading The Marsh King's Daughter for a book club I'm in. The book is a page-turner!
What’s your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is chocolate.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is Outlander.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I've been inspired by the personalities of the high school students I taught for many years. I like to base my characters on them.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on a novel about a woman in a misogynistic relationship.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I promote on social media primarily and through Amazon ads.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I don't know what's next. Life is an adventure. But I'll tell you this: my next four cruises in the Caribbean are already booked.
How well do you work under pressure?
I love deadlines and can work under pressure, after all I was a high school teacher.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
The characters usually decide the tone for me once I shove them into their predicaments.