Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I grew up in New Hampshire, with my nose in a book. It seems like I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been reading. It’s always been in me to write.
Tell us about your books.
Lasagna and Successes is a noir short story. A neglected housewife discovers a terrible secret. The story is about her choices and is intended to make you think about what you might do in the same situation.
How did you go about getting published?
I self-published, I decided to publish myself to get a feel for the process.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I have a writing time most days, but the time depends on the day. I prefer to write in my writerly nest of an office. I often write at the local library, as well. I do have a routine that I usually follow, to try to feed my muse. I will copy a classic I love, currently Fahrenheit 451, for 15 minutes. This is almost meditative. Then I will journal for 15-30 minutes. Then I will dig in, or I will freewrite to myself until whatever I am working on shakes itself out. Getting started is the hard step for me, so I freewrite until I am excited about something.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I like to walk, bake, read, watch old movies, pet my cats, eat chocolate, waste time on Twitter…
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Research the conventions of your genre, the colors, the images, the tone. When someone is swiping through Kindle on their phone they can’t even see your title, they are looking for the theme – the genre.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I don’t think I have enough experience to be offering advice on marketing. I’d say don’t torture yourself doing things you hate.
What’s your favorite book?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
What are you reading now?
Nebula Award-Winning Novellas
What’s your next book project?
I have an exploratory draft for a steampunk frolic. I’m going to pull it out of my drawer and see if I can make it something good.