Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Warm Transfer is my debut novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The title, Warm Transfer, comes from the term meaning: the act of a customer service representative remaining on the line with a caller until that caller is successfully transferred to another agent.
During the months I was conceiving my story, I received a warm transfer from a customer service representative and I embraced the expression as a metaphor representing the times we help others find safe passage to their destination. Our lives, and my novel, are full of warm transfers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I generally do my best work around 5:30 a.m. when the house is quiet. I always wear my writing sweater, a hideous taupe cardigan with large brown buttons and a V-neck, over a favorite old t-shirt. I always sip hot water from a cherished ceramic mug that bears an imprint of a bicycle, refilling it every hour or so as a study break!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I studied the literature in college and I am convinced that my ability to string a sentence together comes from the mental rigors of reading the elevated prose and elaborate plotlines of Hardy, Dickens, and Austin. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, made a huge impact on me.
What are you working on now?
I am drafting the first book in a YA trilogy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am a huge believer in the idea of women supporting other women. Connecting with women, and women’s organizations and businesses, is a key strategy for me.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
For years, I thought about writing a book, but it was only after I decided to do it, contemplated the story every single day, and took massive action, that things began to come together. My advice is, if you want to write a novel, treat it like your job and respect yourself enough to show up every day as if you’re working toward a huge promotion.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Be big.” My mother, referring to magnanimity, not size.
What are you reading now?
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
What’s next for you as a writer?
Working on my YA trilogy, collaborating on a 10-minute musical, and writing a children’s book with my fourteen-year-old daughter.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Author Websites and Profiles
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