Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was a self-confessed, enabling, co-dependent. With God’s help I am enjoying a transformed life with my husband Tommy. We have been together for more than twenty six years and he just celebrated ten years of sobriety. I have owned and operated the famous biker bar Johnny’s Bar & Grill in Hollister, California for almost twenty years. I hope to one day sell the bar and pursue my writing career full time. In the meantime the bar continues to supply me with plenty of material for my writing endeavors.
As one of four children of a single mother, I came by my caretaking tendencies at an early age. When I became a single parent myself at seventeen, my sense of responsibility was compounded. Having a dysfunctional upbringing and an A-type personality made me an excellent candidate for codependency. Having overcome it, I like to share my many life experiences in hopes of offering help and healing to those who know the suffering that codependency brings.
I offer one on one coaching sessions to those who want to face the issue of codependency head on. Through my coaching program my goal is to help others see and accept the part their enabling behavior plays in the scope of their loved ones alcoholism. My motto is, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
I have had articles published in three major biker magazines and have contributed many essays to my local paper. Despite having only a tenth grade education, I am blessed with ability to touch people with my words. Using my God-given talent to help others that struggle with codependency has been a dream since I found recovery.
Tell us about your books.
I originally published Born Again in a Biker Bar with the title Miracles and Grace in an Unlikely Place / Memoir of a Christian woman Biker Bar Owner. I did well selling it on my own but online sales were slow. My hope is that the new cover and title will increase sales so that I can help more people.
How did you go about getting published?
I self-published with Createspace. The finished product is great but the process was harrowing. When i self-publish again I will pay a professional to format my book and them upload it. At Creatspace you are dealing with a number of people and getting your wants and needs across to the people that have no idea who you are was very frustrating.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I try to write in the afternoons when I’m done with my workout and my paperwork and banking at my bar. If I accomplish that four days a week I am happy.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I love to read and could spend all day doing it if time allowed. With my cat on my lap and a good book in my hand I am extremely satisfied.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
If you can work with someone locally I think it would be best. Trying to get your ideas across via email is very challenging. Be sure you understand the time frame they are offering to have a finished cover to you.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
It takes more time than writing the darn book does. Read, read and read some more about marketing before you release your book and cover as many bases as possible.
What’s your favorite book?
What are you reading now?
My Bible, Writers Magazine and Writers digest Magazine and Writing Deep Scenes.
What’s your next book project?
I’m working on my third draft of my first book of fiction titled She Found Happiness on the Way Through Hell.