Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My path was detoured from teacher to memoir writer after suffering through a horrific drug withdrawal and long, slow recovery. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. I began journaling to heal and eventually turned them into individual chapters. Synchronicity occured as a free-lance editor fell into place without a search and publisher within a few short months. My passion is to use my story to bring about awarenesss to the dangers of addictive prescription drugs and inspire others to make it to the other side. I also want to prevent others from traveling down similar paths by drawing awareness to the need for self-advocacy in medical treatment.
Tell us about your books.
Moment of Surrender is my first book. I realize the power of communicating through use of one’s own story to inspire others. I want to have someone say, ” because of you, I made it!” I don’t need the adoration; I just want to know I am making a difference.
How did you go about getting published?
I learned about self-publishing and then decided I would fall back on it if need be, but wanted to give finding a publisher a chance. I went to the library and researched various material on publishers, agents, and so forth. A big help was Writer’s Digest. Once I went through contacting all of the publishers and submission policies with specific genres, I began my own search on-line and found Ant Press.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write anytime of the day or night, depending how good a flow I am in. Mornings seem to work best as my mind is free of other acitivities. Some days I write most the day; others only a few hours. I used to write until my brain went numb with ideas, but learned to stop before I fatigued so I was capable of writing again the next day. I change the scenery from writing at home in a comfy chair, to a swing on the lower deck, or a coffee shop.
I keep sticky notes or a small journal with me for ideas that may pop up when I am doing some other activity so I do not loose my thoughts.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I am a health nut, so I like to work out. I go to a Fitness facility 3-4 times a week and incorporate other activities in nature. My rescue dog, Hudson, keeps me moving most days. At only 4 1/2, he displays a lot of energy.
I enjoy working in landscape and gardening, and actually any opportunity to be outside. Love to be out in the sun and by water.
I also spend part of each day on Twitter, my blog, or other places to support others having difficulty on their prescription drugs or actually going throug withdrawal. People share their stories with me and then I read them via video on my FB page, and am in the process of starting a Youtube Channel to do the same.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
My advice for book covers is to get as many professional opinions as possible. Always a good idea to have diverse eyes looking at it.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
One major thing- start right away. Don’t wait until the book is ready for publication. If you don’t want to do it; hire someone. It feels never ending.
What’s your favorite book?
The Book Thief-thought the use of language was the best I have read
What are you reading now?
Naked: Stripped by Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed
What’s your next book project?
In the processs of journaling once more, this project revolves around love. I don’t know what love is; I do now know what it is not. I uncover the meaning of true self-love, the meaning of red flags, and the unearth the courage to leave a toxic siutation.