Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write historical fiction, though my eras and subgenres can vary.
In January 2016, I published my novel, The Dressmaker's Secret, a novel set in the 1870s about a young girl searching for her father in an effort to make your mother happy. However, it's currently removed from the market for some editing. It will be re-launched this June.
In September of that same year, I also published a novella, The Lady of the Vineyard. This is currently available on Amazon. It's about a woman named Adele who must come to some critical realizations when her daughter Judy goes to spend a summer with her father whom Adele divorced.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I work best at night, but I rarely get time to do so. Also, I tend to title my books before I even think up a plot. Bad habit of mine … I often end up with books and titles that match in no way whatsoever! I have to rename the book almost every time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
A few authors who have majorly influenced me include Jane Austen, Gene Stratton Porter, Charlotte Bronte, Jules Verne, Maud Hart Lovelace, Sarah Sundin, Shannon Hale, Tamera Alexander, Carrie Turansky … and that's a short list! 😛
Also, all the authors I know have helped me in big ways … Jesseca Wheaton, Ivy Rose, Amanda Tero, K.M. Weiland, and many others.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently writing a story set during the 1850s. It's about a young woman who joins the Underground Railroad and helps slaves escape.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My blog is my favorite. I love interacting with other bloggers, and eventually, as you build your readership for your posts, you'll build your readership for your books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get out there! Don't be a closet writer! Tell people about your books, interact with your readers, talk to other authors, show off a little! It's okay. You published a book; you did something amazing, so tell people about it.
A word of warning, though: don't let yourself become obnoxious. There are limits. Be a person first, a writer second.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Shakespeare says it best: To thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, that thou canst be false to any man.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading three books – The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Child of the Sea by Elizabeth Goudge, and Emmeline by Sarah Holman