Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I am an academic by day and a writer by night 🙂 As the daughter of an award-winning journalist, I learned to read the masthead before I learned how to write the alphabet. And when I did learn my letters, they were written with a Black Warrior pencil – another tool of my father’s trade.
Tell us about your books.
I write Resort Romances because after college I ended up working at a hotel to pay for my new car! I’ve worked for Hilton Hotels and The Four Seasons. I have worked in the front of the house and behind the scenes. I love hotels!!!
Each book in my Resort Romance series, published by Hot Tree Publishing, has represented a part of my battle with breast cancer. For me, Wine Thief was about having the courage to finish what I started. It is a story about life after cancer, for me and for the heroine. It’s probably the funniest and tear worthy book I’ve written in the series.
How did you go about getting published?
Traditional publisher – I’m an Indie author because I’m a fan of Indie publishers, like Hot Tree Publishing. Indie publishers value and treat their authors well. Hot Tree Publishing wants to see women succeed and they make an investment in their authors. And they seem more open in their submission process.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I’m a total seat of the pants writer. I have a vague idea of the plot, but my romances are definitely character driven.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I am the Assistant Director for the State of Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board and I’m in the application process to earn my doctorate in Educational Leadership. I value education because I’m a geek and I love school!
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Listen to your publisher. They know the market. They know what will sell and what won’t. Offer suggestions, but ultimately trust your publisher they want you to succeed.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Be kind. The universe is big enough for all of us to succeed in our craft.
What’s your favorite book?
Time Traveler’s Wife
What are you reading now?
If You Knew My Sister
What’s your next book project?
Be ready to head to the Long Beach Point Resort in Southern California for a high stakes mystery at a high rise hotel! “The Changeup” is coming this October 2018!!!