Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
An Oklahoma native, I transplanted to the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast nine years ago. Before retiring from an oil company, I began writing down the stories which had crowded my head for years. My first book, “Long Horizon,” is the saga of an enterprising young woman in the 1900’s oil boom who longs to escape the normal housewife job for a real career. And she builds an oil empire! I’ve always been fascinated with this exciting period in history when those entrepreneurs BOLD ENOUGH amassed fortunes.
I’ve written two other books: “The Adventures of Will Walker,” a Marco-Polo type journey of a young English lad with his father and crazy uncle to China for trade. This book was inspired by my adventurous oldest grandson. Another book is a ‘southern’ genre anthology: “A ‘Mess’ of Short Stories,” many of which are loosely based on family and friends. It is light reading for a warm day with your feet up and a cold iced tea.
Tell us about your books.
How did you go about getting published?
Self-published on Lulu.com, Amazon.com, Target.com and B&N.com.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write when inspired. I must admit that I am not as disciplined as many writers, i.e., setting a word count goal each day/week/month or a particular amount of time. I try to read others’ work to help me critique my own.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m very involved with our church work — teaching, World Bible School and helping others, such as clothing, etc for the homeless. I also spend as much time as possible with my rowdy grandkids. They are such a delight!
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Keep it simple. I’ve noted that professional writers covers are normally not laden with details, but convey the main message.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Network! Attend writers conferences and workshops, ask to appear on your local tv news show, set up book-signings, check out all the online help/exposure such as THIS site!
What’s your favorite book?
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
What are you reading now?
An inspirational book by a close friend: “Soul Pane,” by Jeana Weiss-Mitchell.
What’s your next book project?
Hopefully, a series of kids books inspired by my grandson:
“Granny the Spy.”
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