Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Among my favorite projects are a play and documentary about Cahuilla elder Katherine Siva Saubel entitled We Are Still Here and the one-act play Windstorm for which I interviewed Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. My novels include The Women Debrowska that is loosely based on my own Polish ancestry; Ouray’s Peak which follows the story of one matriarchal Ute Indian lineage, and the metaphysical mystery series Stone Quest that includes Desert Chimera, Gallows Ascending, and Neuri Shape-Shifter. Several of my theatrical monologues have been published by Meriwether Publishing, Gerald Lee Ratliff, editor; and my latest novel, Western Song. Just released is "The Season of the Neuri Knight" a story included in Realms of Fantastic Stories Volume 2 published by Solstice Publishing, and is a continuation of the Stone Quest series, and just completed is "My Soul to Take," a YA Horror novella.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel, Western Song published by Solstice Publishing, is a timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she learns the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart. The book was inspired the time I spent in the Colorado Mountains when I was in my early twenties. I fell in love with the majestic "Shining Mountains," as the Ute Indians called them; they live in my hearts. Though I set the novel in Wyoming, the inspiration was the Rocky Mountains.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I listen to my characters. If I don't, they let me know it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
John Steinbeck was an early influence (East of Eden) as was Joyce Carol Oates (Bellefleur). Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin) is one of my favorite authors, I have always been a voracious reader and spent my childhood with writers such as Mark Twain, Huck Finn is one of my favorite characters; Daphne du Maurier; I have lost count of how many times I've read Rebecca; Margaret Mitchell–who can ever forget Rhett and Scarlett– not to mention turnips; Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Ursula K Le Guin, Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, and Barbara Kingsolver–to name but a few.
What are you working on now?
I am about to begin work on the fourth boo in my Stone Quest series: Redemption: The Long Journey Home.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Promotion of my books is a long, varied, and complicated process. I have no best method; I use a variety of practices including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Book Bloggers, various advertising on the Internet via Fiverr. Reviews are very important so I pursue reviewers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, Don't ever give up. Write, Then write some more. Build your Internet presence. Attempt to get local exposure via signings at bookstores or libraries.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up.
What are you reading now?
Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton and The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchet
What’s next for you as a writer?
Making a box set of my STONE QUEST series. Writing the fourth book for the series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is a very hard question. GONE WITH THE WIND is certainly up there contending with HUCKLEBERRY FINN and EAST OF EDEN. Also very close: THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Kingsolver.
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