Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have three books out currently, with a fourth one awaiting a release date from my publisher. Silver Lake, my debut novel, is a reunion romance set in a haunted lake house and has been a #1 Kindle Bestseller. My second novel, Gull Harbor, also mixes a ghost mystery with second chance romance, and this book has also been a #1 Kindle Bestseller on several occasions as well as a Top Reviewer pick. My YA book, Divine Fall, is filled with forbidden first love and supernatural secrets, and this book recently won Best YA Book at The Romance Reviews.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My next book, Haunted Souls, was inspired by a “haunted historical tour” which ended with a visit to the oldest wooden jailhouse in the country, the scene of many ghost sightings. I imagined what would happen if a lost soul followed some unsuspecting visitors home, and the mystery piece grew from there. The romance part developed from an idea I had about a soldier returning from overseas to find out a passionate fling he’d had before he left resulted in a child he didn’t know about. The two plots come together with lots of tension and suspense, and I’m really excited for this book to come out!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do a lot of “writing” in my mind, while I’m doing other things. I picture the scene as if it were a movie, making up the dialog first. Then I write it down when I have a chance. So I carry a lot of notepads around with me!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The biggest influence was a YA book called Jane-Emily, by Patricia Clapp. This was my favorite book growing up, as it had all the elements I love: a ghost mystery, a love story, and a historical setting. I always credit that book with starting my own journey. Other books and authors that have influenced me include Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Whitney, My Love, by Judith McNaught, and Madeleine’s Ghost, by Robert Girardi.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m gearing up for promotion for my new release, Haunted Souls, as well as teaching writing classes, which I love. In the meantime, I’m letting my mind turn over a few ideas for new inspiration.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Connecting with readers on social media is really helpful, and right now I’m most active on Facebook and Twitter. I have a virtual “Street Team”, a group of book lovers who help me spread the word about my novels. As a thank you, I do monthly drawings for prizes, and members also get first looks at new covers, excerpts, etc. I even let members pick names for some characters! I’m always welcoming new members, to join you only need a Facebook account, and the link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KnightsStarsStreetTeam/
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep at it! The journey isn’t easy, but if it’s your dream, don’t give up. My first book took years to write and edit, but that first publishing contract made it all worth it! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my story to readers.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Probably the old adage “Kill your darlings”. Anything that doesn’t move the story needs to be cut, no matter how hard it is. The writing may be beautiful, and the scene may have taken hours, but if it drags the pacing down, it has to go.
What are you reading now?
A fabulous historical romance called Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have several writing classes scheduled in the future, which I’m excited about. I teach for the local community college, and I love helping aspiring authors meet their goals.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s a tough one! Probably Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.