Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve always loved writing! I’ve been doing it since grade school, and never stopped. I now write about animals because they are my other passion in life. Combining writing and animals is the perfect fit!
Tell us about your books.
Crazy Critter Lady, No Better Medicine, and Sorry Honey, But The Critters Come First, are animal-themed memoirs that detail my experiences rescuing and caring for animals in need. I’ve helped many species over the years, including cats, ducks, dogs, frogs, skunks, opossum, horses, mice and chipmunks, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of them! And no, the skunk never sprayed me!
How did you go about getting published?
I decided to self-publish because traditional publishers have become so narrow in their focus that it’s really hard to break into the industry, even if you are a good writer. Everyone wants the next Marley, or Street Cat Named Bob, and there’s no wiggle room for anything else. Amazon made self-publishing really easy, affordable, and their program customizes your book the way you want it done, not the way a traditional publisher wants it done. Also, Amazon has a great distribution program that makes my book available in many foreign countries, and that’s pretty cool!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
My process is pretty haphazard really. I wait for an idea to take root in my brain, then chew on it until my brain comes up with the first few sentences. Then I procrastinate until I can’t stand it anymore, and then I sit down and write. At that point, the story flows out of me pretty easily. It’s weird but it works for me!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I keep fairly busy caring for the dog, the three flightless ducks in the back yard, and the four cats, all of whom can be quite demanding. When I have some time available, I like to go out to the stable and work with my horse, do some training, maybe take a trail ride. Apart from that, I like to read, or work in the yard.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I learned from my first book cover that I didn’t know nearly enough about Amazon’s book cover possibilities that I’ve actually changed that cover twice since it was first published. Being computer-illiterate did not help me at all! Fortunately, I learned a few things when formatting my second book, and went back and changed the cover on the first one. My advice: make it as eye-catching as possible without too much text, make it so that a potential reader knows exactly what your book is about by looking at the cover, and use as your examples traditionally-published book covers. They will give you an idea of what works and what doesn’t. Also, it never hurts to ask published authors for a promotional cover blurb.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Use every FREE website available to promote your book. Why “FREE”? Because you probably won’t make back the money you spend on sites that charge you – especially if you pay for more than one site. Approach your local newspapers, and talk to your library about doing a book signing. Many of them will be glad to oblige. And, don’t forget your local bookstore! They’re often happy to arrange a book signing at their store.
What’s your favorite book?
I refuse to pick just one! Top faves include Notes From A Small Island, and Neither Here Nor There, by Bill Bryson. and anything Bob Tarte.
What are you reading now?
The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. It’s hilarious!
What’s your next book project?
Book Four – as yet untitled – is simmering on the back burner of my brain, waiting for me to sit down and start writing. It will be the next in my critter-themed memoir series.
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