Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I'm the author of the Jamie Winters Mysteries, a fun cozy mystery series that revolves around a hapless legal secretary and her landlord/love interest's brilliant but non-conformist (to say the least!) niece. I also co-author the Martha Hudson Mystery series with Gemma Halliday.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn't say unusual, but I do stash notebooks everywhere so that I'm able to jot down ideas as they come to me, since ideas can be ephemeral. I think a lot of writers do that. Other than that, I can and do write in my office, in the recliner, at the kitchen counter, the dining room table, sitting cross-legged on my bed…if I'm lost in Jamie's (or Marty's) weird little world, geography doesn't matter!
What authors have influenced you?
There are so many authors across genres that I read and admire for different reasons: Sue Grafton, Laura Levine, M.C. Beaton, Nicci French, Jana DeLeon, Leslie Langtry, Elaine Viets, Gemma Halliday, Janet Evanovich, Dave Barry, Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert B. Parker, Tess Gerritsen….I could go on and on. I'm constantly reading.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I'm not sure I'm qualified to offer advice, but it would be this: Don't give up! Keep writing, keep reading, believe in yourself, and don't give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This quote from Napoleon Hill has always resonated with me: There are no limitations except those you acknowledge. Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.
What are you reading now?
The Last Word by Lisa Lutz and also Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Impatience! I think it's part of the Type A personality.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Oh, that's a really hard question. I'm not sure I have a favorite. My bookshelves are loaded with series and single titles from authors whose work I love, and picking a favorite among them would be like picking a favorite child.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I've always loved mysteries, particularly mysteries with humor. When I discovered Laura Levine's This Pen for Hire, I knew right away that's what I wanted to write.
What are you working on now?
I've got two projects underway, a new Marty Hudson Mystery with Gemma, along with another Jamie Winters Mystery. I did confess to being a Type A, right?
What is your method for promoting your work?
That's a work in progress for me, as I'm much more comfortable in the writing space than in the marketing space. But I gravitate toward chiefly online promotions.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I've got several single title manuscripts in my file cabinet that I hope to find time to polish up, and I'd love to continue the two series, as long as readers keep reading them.
How well do you work under pressure?
Very well! The less time I have, the more productive I become, in every aspect of my life. I'm strange that way.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
My books are cozy mysteries, which are by definition somewhat lighter than "traditional" mysteries. Beyond that, for me, it's not so much an active decision as a trust in my voice and a natural bent toward humor.
Author Websites and Profiles
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