Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an international educator who has lived and worked in seven different countries. I currently live in Honduras where I work at an American school. I write travel articles and take photos and have been published in several magazines. I have also published three travel memoirs/travelogues.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest travel memoir is Only in India: Adventures of an International Educator. I wrote it after we found ourselves leaving India much earlier than we ever anticipated and due to reasons beyond our control. Living in India is a unique and adventurous experience in so many ways. While writing my book I got to relive my time there.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing unusual. I do use diaries and journals that I keep while traveling. Once I start writing I am very focused and often have to tell my husband to please be quiet so I can concentrate.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I enjoy reading the travel memoirs of other authors. I also enjoy reading the memoirs of brave women living in developing countries around the world who work to improve the lives of other women, such as A Thousand Sisters by Lisa J. Shannon, A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo, and Well: Healing Our Broken World by Sarah Thebarge.
What are you working on now?
I am marketing my books on social media wherever and whenever I can. I am also continuing to write articles and sending in photographs to different travel magazines.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I belong to many memoir and travel websites where I promote my books, learn about other books, and network with other authors of travel memoirs.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors about getting their books noticed is to use social media as much as possible. Find sites that cater to books like yours. Use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads and Amazon and join promotional sites.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best writing advice I got was to use beta readers, and as many as I could get to read my books. Beta readers will give you honest opinions while reading with new sets of eyes. Through my beta readers I learned about passive voice, adding details to my writing, and showing instead of telling.
What are you reading now?
I am taking a break from my usual nonfiction reads. I like to scour for free books and found Halsey Street by Naima Coster. It's a good read!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will continue to promote my books and get started on writing about my time living and working in Honduras. I have been here for eight years now and will have lots to write about.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I really don't have a favorite book, but I do have a favorite genre. I prefer to read, and write, inspirational books about travel and living overseas.
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