Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
While I've been writing all my life, I've only started publishing in the last couple years. As a younger gal, I followed the traditional route of "real" job and spent two decades in the tech industry before leaving to follow my real dream of being an author.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Edelaine's Folly: Book One of the Idoramin Chronicles. It is inspired mostly by my son. When he was younger, we had a tradition of telling each other stories – we would make up this long, winding story on the fly as we told it – and pretty soon it became this large, incredible world. Now that we are both older, we wanted to invite everyone else into the world of Idoramin with us.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a daily ritual that I do before I begin writing. I spend time in silence or meditation, I make a list of all the things I'm grateful and thankful for that day, and then I write down three things that I can do to make that day the best it possibly can be. Those can be writing related, family related, whatever it may be, so long as they align with my overall priorities. I try to center my life around gratitude and thankfulness, because there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
All of them! Well, all of them that I have read. 🙂 Every book I've read, fiction or nonfiction has taught me something. Whether it was a book I loved, or not. So, it's difficult to pinpoint that down to just one. I would have to put Stephen King on the list, as well as E.B. White, because those are two of the authors that spurred my love of reading – and made me want to become a writer myself
What are you working on now?
I am currently knee-deep in Book Two of the Idoramin Chronicles. As it stands, the Chronicles are going to be at least 6 books as I have it thought out – but could turn into more.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
There are so many incredible ways to promote books nowadays with social media and all the available websites and ad options!
I love sites like mybookplace.net because it is a great place for either a new author or seasoned, whether you have a large budget or not.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes… just WRITE! Stop worrying about everyone else… frankly, their opinions are none of your business. Let them do them, and you do you.
If you have a story inside of you that is nagging at you to come out… then you owe it to all of us to get it out here so we can read it… and we can't do that, unless you write it. So, go get busy!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't worry about the HOW… just focus on the DO.
What are you reading now?
In nonfiction I am re-reading – for the umpteenth time – Stephen King's On Writing. I LOVE this book, and read it several times a year. I love his backstory, I love how even though he is regarded as one of the authors at the "top of the hill" he came from very humble beginnings and is really, just like the rest of us. Plus, he gives brilliant insight into how to better your work.
My fun read right now is The Burning Bridge, book 2 of the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. I love this series – my son got me started on it, and it is brilliant for anyone who loves the fantasy genre.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing. I have more books that I want to write than I'll probably ever have time to write! 🙂 But this is my love and my passion, and I'll be doing this for the rest of my life.
What is your favorite book of all time?
hah… well, again, that's a tough one. Mostly because this changes depending on what I'm doing with my own writing, or what phase I'm going through at any given time. I love all the books I've read – even the really bad ones, in their own way.
But right now, it's definitey On Writing by Stephen King.