Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always been writing. In 2nd grade, my teacher did a project that turned my writing into an actual book. I still have it. It was titled My Little Pony. After teaching overseas, I returned to the US with an ambitious goal of publishing my first book in one year. It took two!
Tell us about your books.
The Truth About Melissa: A Soul Mate Experiment is based on a true story of meeting and marrying Richard Bach’s (of Jonathan Livingston Seagull) son, Jonathan. Jonathan had spent years manifesting his ideal soul mate before he met me. The similarities were unable to ignore and we ventured into marriage. The result was the realization of trying to blend creation with reality.
How did you go about getting published?
I started the grueling process of querying with several requests for manuscripts, to no avail. The roller coaster ups and downs almost finished me. I can’t explain the thrill of an email from an agent requesting MORE. And then the rejection of nothing further. I started researching all the other options out there having no idea what I was doing or how to do it. After 6 months of working with (and paying) a professional editor, I opted to purchase a package through Outskirts Press. I have been thrilled with the outcome. However, marketing myself is yet another learning process!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I like to write in the mornings. My writing room is MY room in the house. It overlooks the water and many times I’m distracted by seals playing outside my window! 🙂 I am very, very fortunate.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I work part-time as an academic advisor at the local college. On days I’m home, my German Shepherd is always close by and she is great at helping me tend to our 2 goats. That’s her job! (I don’t have the heart to tell her she’s more of a nuisance–pestering them–than a help)
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I was extremely pleased with the cover design that Outskirts Press delivered to me. OK, at first I wasn’t. I gave them my ‘idea’ of what I wanted it to look like. I cried when I saw it (not of happiness). They said, “Can we try our ideas?” What they came up with was brilliant. In the future, I’ll stick to writing and let the artists create the vision.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I am so new to this. But what I did way before publishing was: create a writing website, establish an author FaceBook page and Twitter account. Online, since the book has published, I have done 2 Goodreads giveaways, 1 day free on Kindle, enrolled in KU, ran a Facebook boost (or promotion–I’m not sure what it’s called), joined many reading/writing FaceBook pages. Offline, I contacted both the local radio station and newspaper that featured me, I purchased a booth at 2 local Christmas bazaars (and sold a total of 39 books), I held an Open House in my home, I visited the 2 local indie bookstores who bought books from me, I did an author signing at our Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association.
What’s your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird
What are you reading now?
Just finished “The Wife Between Us” this morning and starting “Orphan Train” tonight.
What’s your next book project?
The Truth About Victoria is fiction and the story of a woman whose life mission is to be nothing like her adulterous, alcoholic, jobless mother. However, in her 40s, the seed of dysfunction that was embedded in her at a young age starts to fester and step by step, the readers watch as she slowly repeats the mistakes of her mother.