Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you begin to write?
I love to read! I’ve always secretly dreamed of being author. There have been several times in the past few years where I’ve read a book and thought to myself, I could write one if only I could come up with a unique idea. My husband was very supportive and had faith in me. Now that my kids are at an age where I have more free time, I decided it was now or never. It's been a fun, creative outlet.
What books have you written?
I have recently signed a contract for my debut novel, Dickensen Academy, and am editing my second, Tainted Seeds. Both are Young Adult novels.
Why Young Adult?
I believe you need to write what feels natural. I’ve always been introspective and can remember what it was like to be a teen, so it’s been easy to find an authentic voice. Plus having a teenage daughter reminds me on a daily basis what life was like then. Many of my favorite books have been YA, and I believe exposure to great books as a kid can make you a reader for life.
What's been something fun about writing your first book?
I’ve heard that fiction writers end up using a lot of real life in their stories, and I tend to agree. I’ve had so much fun picking names for some of my characters and adding minor details from my life; even my husband’s favorite candy is in the book. There are definitely some traits of myself integrated into the lead character. However, only my dog Rylie, now playing at Rainbow Bridge, is represented truthfully in the book, but I changed her name to protect her identity.
What are your favorite books?
I have so many. Check out my ratings on Goodreads for what I’ve read in recent years. Click on my name to see my books or send me a friend request to keep tabs of my most current books and ratings: goodreads.com
What are your favorite things?
My family, friends, dogs, Keurig, bookclubs, Kindle, Amazon, Legos, iPhone, and Fitbit
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read! But I also make time to be active nearly everyday. I love to run with my dog, hike with my friends, ski with my family, and take fitness classes at the YMCA. And of course, hang out with my family and friends.
Have you done any interviews?
Check out my most recent interview. http://wp.me/p3uv2y-4Wi