Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in the hills of Kentucky writing about growing up with my cousins in rural farmland. Always thought I'd like to write but went away to college and went into healthcare. Wrote my first book in 2011 after my father passed away. To date I have six books currently available.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Most of my books have been targeted for mature audiences. But my latest venture is a middle school reader targeting 5 – 8th graders. It is the first of a series about two cousins who stumble upon a wormhole in their grandfather's barn. They are pulled through and taken on adventure after adventure. Each story has it's own theme.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I was in high school, I had this old Belle of Louisville hat that I always wore when I was writing. I lost the hat in college and hadn't really thought much about it till this question was asked. Presently when I'm writing, both the TV (muted) and stereo is usually playing as I'm writing. I can't get much done when it's quiet.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My most favorite book growing up was Rebecca. I loved it, read it dozens of times. I like how thins were thought to be one way and in fact, in the end were completely different. Presently, I read a lot of Jodi Piccoult and Elizabeth Berg. I also enjoy the books targeted in Oprah Winfrey's book club. And I enjoy reading the Thomas Kincaid books over yhe Christmas holiday
What are you working on now?
Working on the second book of the Place Where Magic Lives Series and another adult story about murder and corruption in the healthcare system.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I enjoy book events but I'm not sure hw successful they are. I do like meeting people, hearing what they did or didn't like about a story.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you like not what you think will sell.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My 10th grade English literature teacher told me once to write what you know. (And that I needed to work harder on the conclusion. She always complained that I simply stopped writing. She gave me a lot of F's until I wrote a "proper" conclusion).
What are you reading now?
Before we were yours by LIsa Wingate
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just got a short screenplay accepted. We've spent the last few weekends on casting calls. As cool as it was to hear my words coming from an actor's mouth, I can't wait to actually see it on the screen. We start filing next month!
What is your favorite book of all time?