Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve written stories all my life, but didn’t get serious about it until lately. I still have the manuscripts. I call them my under-the-bed-books. Maybe someday I’ll dig them out and see if anything is worth saving.
Tell us about your books.
I write historical romance based in the 1920’s. My first book, Rags to Rubies, was a stand-alone, and then I dived into a 4-book series: The Cavelli Angel Saga. Yikes! The next novel was a sweet contemporary romance that rumbled around in my head for ten years. It turned out to be a Christmas story with a second-chance-for-love story line: All Hearts Come Home for Christmas. I just released another historical stand-alone: A Girl’s Best Friend and have a sequel to my Christmas book releasing for the holiday, When the Heart Finds Christmas. I LOVE writing Christmas books!
How did you go about getting published?
I am traditionally published with a small press out of New York. I found the publishers by looking through RWA magazine for first books and who published them. I went the standard way: query letter, synopsis and first three chapters, and finally the manuscript request. Then, I cracked a bottle of champagne and celebrated!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I try to write 1500 words a day, five days a week—sometimes more, sometimes less. I’m an early riser, so I write in the morning. Unfortunately, I find myself on the computer on weekends, too. I’m trying to get control of my writing life. (insert frowny face)
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Pal around with friends, travel (I’ll make any excuse to travel), love my herb garden, read (of course!), and I do book lectures at local libraries and colleges. Writing is a solitary occupation so I love to connect with other people pursuing the pen.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Set a monthly budget and market your books on a regular basis. When you first start out, no one (except friends and family) knows who you are. I made a mistake by waiting for my third book to learn about the ins and outs of promotion, paid and social media options. Starting learning about it before your first book comes out. You’ll be glad you did.
What are you reading now?
Rereading some Amanda Quick novels. I love her historical heroines!
What’s your next book project?
for my next book, I’m using a character from the Cavelli Angel Saga—Meg Cavelli—who grew up by the fourth book of the series to became a “lady dick” —as private investigators were called in the 1920’s. Meg has grown up , married, and now has her own business. She and her handsome hunk-of-a-husband will be the hero and heroine of a new PI/female sleuth series. I”m also going to continue my two Christmas books by adding another to the Green Earth Minnesota Christmas series if…I can get my act together and turn out a third Christmas story for 2019.