Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
As a teenager I would read Nancy Drew books and loved them. As a young married, mother I started writing stories and poems, though I never turned in any stories for publication I did have poems published. I started writing seriously after I retired in 2012. I finished my first novel, The Hostage Within and had it published in December of 2015. I graduated from The Institute of Children’s Literature, July 26, 1998, also from, Long Ridge Writer’s Group, June 28, 2012. I have poems published by The National Library of Poetry, 1994-1998. Iliad Press, 1995-1996. Famous Poet’s Society, 1996-1998.
Tell us about your books.
The Hostage Within is a mystery full of action and suspense. The story is set in the high desert of California and includes Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona. Frank Jordess and his wife Alice have a happy fulfilling life until the death of their only child. From then on their life spirals out of control. In the end they change other lives as well as their own.
How did you go about getting published?
After sending my novel out to Traditional Publishers and not hearing back from them I learned about Create space on amazon. It was free so I tried it and the process was easy. The hardest part is promoting.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I try to write each day. I start out writing on paper and after I feel the chapter is good then I put it into the computer in Word. I have to have a quiet room with no interruptions.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
My husband and I like to travel every summer we go on vacation.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
There are a lot of free book covers on Create Space.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
When you promote your book remember to include local newspapers and yourself as being a local author and if your story is set in a city, include the newspaper in that city.
What’s your favorite book?
I love to read true stories about people, biographies. I also love a good mystery.
What are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything at the moment. I have a list of “Must Read’ books.
What’s your next book project?
I have started on another mystery and I am Promoting my first novel, The Hostage Within.