Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. There’s something inside of me that just drives me to tell stories and inspire my readers’ imaginations.
Tell us about your books.
My newest release is called Five Nights With Pharaoh (out Dec. 12). It’s based on the story in Genesis 12 when Abram asks Sarai to call herself his sister instead of his wife because he fears that he’ll be killed over her beauty. As a result, she winds up in the Pharaoh’s household. My book expands on this part of biblical history and adds some elements that foreshadow some of what happens in the book of Exodus. The plagues that God sends upon Pharaoh’s household add a slight element of horror, which I find really exciting.
How did you go about getting published?
I self-publish. My process involves writing a draft, going through several rounds of self-editing and professional editing, enlisting beta readers, and then releasing the book. I do all of my own graphic design as well.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I do most of my writing during my lunch breaks at work and as I’m waiting for church services to start. My church has an awesome coffee shop that makes the perfect place for writing.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I work as a Web Account/Project Manager for a well known makeup and skin care brand. In my free time, I read a lot and watch a lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. If Captain America was real, I would totally want to be his best friend.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Invest in good photography and explore different fonts. Sometimes a clean sans serif font works great, but a fun, tasteful font can work really well when your book takes place in an exotic setting.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
All of your social media posts should not be about your books. About 80 percent of your posts should be sharing interesting information and interacting with others while only 20 percent should be selling posts. Consumers like to stay in the know, laugh, and be entertained more than they like being sold to, so make sure you inspire some fondness for your page by delivering content that isn’t all about you. I’m notoriously bad about keeping up with my social media accounts and self-promoting, but that was the best advice I’d ever heard.
What’s your favorite book?
A recent favorite is First Light (A.D. Chronicles Book 1) by Bodie and Brock Thoene. This book brought me to tears.
What are you reading now?
I’m slowly making my way through Augustine’s Confessions. It’s a very thought-provoking read.
What’s your next book project?
I’m working on the third book from The Fairetellings Series, Ingrid’s Engagement. It’s a magic-free retelling of Beauty and the Beast about a young, Christian noblewoman who winds up betrothed to a cantankerous foreign king who is slowly taking over her country. During their short engagement, she softens his heart and helps him through the grief that inspired his revenge-driven war.