Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a suspense novelist who lives in Northeast Ohio. I’m sure it was reading that inspired me to start writing. In fact, I’m quite positive . . .
Tell us about your books.
My first novel, All Dressed In Red, is a detective mystery, though I wouldn’t label it as “cozy”. There’s much diversity between the characters in this story, though they manage to bond in some very unconventional ways. This book surprised me in many ways . . . I was thrilled with the unique romantic aspect, but grew even giddier when the original ending veered onto some unforeseen path that left ME wanting to continue navigating it, which is why I’m now writing a sequel. The idea for Brain Seize happened along when I was still working on All Dressed, and so, I stopped to pursue it–can’t really explain why–just HAD to, you see. One of the things I love most about this novel is that the romance involves a married couple (even though the story isn’t PRIMARILY a romance!), which I think is really new and fresh, though it SHOULDN’T be, should it? (Who says married folks can’t do foolish and reckless things in the name of love and that the sex can’t still be hot?) Romance aside, action takes precedence in its climactic glory, and let me tell you I had an absolute blast writing those scenes! In both novels, the male MCs completely changed the courses of the stories–In All Dressed, Ben demanded much more “air time” (no secondary sidekick here 🙂 ), and in Brain Seize, Quinn decided he didn’t like where the plot was heading and immediately called me on it. (Well, four chapters in.) And they say women are the demanding ones . . .
How did you go about getting published?
I went the agent route, but All Dressed In Red wasn’t ready at the time, which likely explains the slew of rejections that I received. From there, it was professionally edited, then I subsequently went ahead and self-published it. Brain Seize then followed suit, joining it on Amazon to keep it company. (I hear the characters from both novels have connected and are whooping it up . . . maybe THAT could be another story???)
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write whenever the mood strikes–usually at my desk that’s situated by the window. My editor commented in a few places in the manuscript that nearly every road in All Dressed was one with no curb–my replies being, “I must have been looking outside again . . .”
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Right now I’m trying to figure how this marketing goes–it’s a lot of work! I didn’t market much after All Dressed was published, but now that I have two novels on Amazon I’m realizing that I need to get serious about getting them NOTICED if people are to discover and (hopefully!) purchase and enjoy them. But I’m definitely not a salesperson–I’m just not GOOD at. Rather, I’m the person who accepts a sample at the supermarket then feels obligated to buy the product. (Either that, or attempt to mosey away while the unsuspecting distributor is distracted by a newcomer.)
Any advice for authors about book covers?
It’s probably BEST that you have them professionally made, but some people can’t realistically afford to. However, there are some wonderful stock photo sites and programs authors can utilize to turn out a spiffy cover, so all hope is not lost! I do regret not having a better cover for All Dressed In Red when it was released–now the original is stuck on Goodreads, and I’m unable to remove it. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to affect sales, but I can’t help but wonder if I might have gotten more had I had my act together in those opening scenes. (Did I mention that I can be impulsive at times?)
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Oh, my . . . I could probably use some myself! So far what I’m seeing is that social media can be a time-waster and the Amazon promotions SOMEWHAT beneficial–other than those, I’m still experimenting. I’ve moved on to contacting book bloggers and reviewers, so we’ll see how that goes. I also did a giveaway on Library Thing and am considering having some business cards made.
What’s your favorite book?
I doubt I could answer that with 100% accuracy, but one that I never, ever forget is Sidney Sheldon’s “If Tomorrow Comes”. I absolutely LOVE that book, and for some reason when I was reading James Patterson’s more current “Guilty Wives”, it ignited some fond memories. . .
What are you reading now?
I’m about to start “Cloaks”, a debut Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel. Though I normally don’t read much Sci-Fi/Fantasy, I’ve recently begun to–the genre is scorching HOT now! Also, I like to occasionally venture into different genres in hopes of finding inspiration–I’m not averse to also reading horror, romance, erotica, or humor. Anyhow, this Cloaks looked very inviting, and upon reading the sample on Amazon, I immediately knew that I favored the author’s style of writing, and wanted more.
What’s your next book project?
My CURRENT project is a sequel to All Dressed In Red. (No spoilers here!) From there, I really don’t know–I enjoy writing standalone novels, so I’ll probably continue with those. (Unless Ben gets his way again?)