Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I grew up and still live in Northern Ohio. Though born with Cerebral Palsy, I’ve never allowed my disability to define me. Rather, I’ve used my experiences to breathe life into characters who have physical limitations, but like me, are determined not to let them stand in the way of the life they want. My debut novel, “Husband in Hiding”, was released in 2015 and was well-received by readers. I’m excited about my upcoming love story, “Forgetting My Way Back to You”, to be released by Vinspire Publishing on October 15, 2018. I may only be able to type with one hand, but I write with my whole heart!
Tell us about your books.
“Forgetting My Way Back to You”, my newest novel, is a love story about high school sweethearts, Charlee and Hunter, who reconnect after a decade-long estrangement. Their reunion goes much better than expected, until Charlee falls off a horse and loses every memory she has of Hunter. The twist enables him to play a heroic stranger and make her fall back in love with him, but it turns out a bit more difficult than he anticipates.
My debut novel, “Husband in Hiding”, was the first of a series that follows a deaf detective, Minka Avery. She and her partner, Cael, are investigating the kidnappings of NBA players, but things go awry when her husband, Wes, meddles in it. He ends up landing on the mob’s radar and has to go into Witness Protection.
How did you go about getting published?
I did a lot of research, which showed me the risk self-publishing is. Because I have limited income, I knew I couldn’t go that route. While looking for a publisher, I used Writer’s Market, where I found my first publisher, Authors Publish, and a variety of other websites that list publishers and agents. I found my current one, Vinspire, through a simple search engine! They typically only work with agented authors, but they held a one-day event for unagented ones to submit. It was less than two weeks away, so I had no choice but to mark both my paper and electronic calendars…and hope. Two months later, they accepted me.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I enjoyed improv in high school drama class, and that’s how I write. It’s all extemporaneous. I think on where I am in the story throughout my day and sit down with a generic idea of where I want to go, but I never know the details until I’m in the moment. I usually write in the afternoon or evening.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I like to shop, listen to music, and play with my parakeet, Sam.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
With a traditional publisher, they have the final say, so be as cooperative as you can. If there’s a serious issue, address it, but otherwise, see the good in it even if it’s not what you had in mind.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Have a public book launch, and always carry books in your car.
What’s your favorite book?
“A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks
What are you reading now?
“Last Writes” by Laura Levine
What’s your next book project?
Another mystery that could evolve into a series. It’s about a psychiatrist who becomes an amateur sleuth after she receives a threatening note.