Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always had a passion for reading and story telling. As a kid, I enjoyed escaping into the world of fantasy and make believe through books. Then, I started making up my own stories which, over time, evolved into writing poetry, short stories, novels, essays, flash fiction, lyrics, and articles. My earliest venture in to writing came about when I began a newspaper in elementary school. I wrote little articles and even included a comics section. I wanted it to be just like the real deal!
In terms of reading I enjoy all styles of poetry, and for novels, my favorite genres include historical fiction, suspense, mystery, and women’s literature.
Tell us about your books.
Currently, I have two poetry books out, Uncharted and A Thousand Little Words. I also have a children’s book out call A World of Imagination and have another set to be released in June. Additionally, I have my debut novel set for a summer release and a coffee table style poetry book set for release in the fall.
How did you go about getting published?
I actually have done both! Currently, I am now a part of the Breaking Rules Publishing team which is very exciting!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I always try to find time to write especially in the evenings and late into the night. I am easily distracted and I can be a bit of a scatterbrain therefore, it’s easy for me to come up with a dozen other tasks I think I should be doing, but I just have to focus and sit down with my laptop and get to work. I also try to keep my writing environment as distraction free as possible because once I am immersed in my imaginary world I get very grumpy when I am disturbed or interrupted.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I enjoy watching vintage movies, reading, photography, and doing graphic designs.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
A book cover sells a book, so I would recommend taking the time to hire a graphic designer to put something together that is eye catching and appealing. It’s one of the areas that is best left to the professionals instead of doing it yourself.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I think it’s important to engage with your readers. It is not enough to just put up a post and think that it’s all you have to do to promote your book. You need to get out there and connect and let people get to know you has an author.
What’s your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby
What are you reading now?
What’s your next book project?
I have a historical fiction/romance novel set for release this summer. My next novel, which will probably be released next year, is a historical fiction/suspense story that centers around the North Berwick witch trials in Scotland. That book required a great deal of research and I hope I did the story justice because it’s a moment in history that needs to be told and never forgotten.