Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a first time author. My business is conservation communications consulting, mostly for nonprofits and agencies. My focus is on biodiversity and wildlife habitat conservation.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book Career Reinvented came from the heart. I kept telling people, "I should write a book!" because I was a successful solopreneur but never had any intentions of going into business for myself. I did out of desperation and somehow it worked. I wanted to share with others who might be in the same boat that I was in 10 years ago.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really, but I love to write by the fireplace in winter and outside on the patio swing in summer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I suppose I'm influenced in nonfiction mostly by journalists who have written their own books. People like David Grann who wrote Killers of the Flower Moon, Elizabeth Kolbert who wrote The Sixth Extinction, or Michael Lewis who wrote The Big Short (among others).
What are you working on now?
In my business, I'm working on an initiative to bring back forgotten grasslands of the Southeast (NO, a squirrel could NOT travel from the Atlantic to the Mississippi without touching the ground at the time of European settlement!). I'm also preparing for a trip to Peru with my daughter!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I really don't know because I'm so new at this. Don't have the "data" yet! One thing I will say is the promo sites that don't email you back information where you can see what they did with your book are not ones I'm likely to use again. How do you know what ever happened?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't give up! You will have the negative inner critic, but just expect that then when it starts going – recognize it then dismiss it. I think everyone who wants to write a book should do so!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This quote from Martha Graham a famous modern dancer: "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that activate you. Keep the channel open."
What are you reading now?
I'm getting ready to start Educated by Tara Westover and I'm currently reading Paula Hawkins new book, Into the Water.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I may do a version of Career Reinvented for either younger people just out of school or for parents. I also have a great idea for a novel based on true events, if I can pull it off, but the topic is top secret! I also have an idea for a book that I could write and donate all profits to conservation.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is a totally unfair question! I have so many favorites. A book that influenced me a lot when I was young is The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. A book that has really stuck with me as an adult is The Bone People by Keri Hulme. I recently read The Force by Don Winslow and thought it was terrific.
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