Do you consider yourself to be a born writer?
Did you always want to be a writer?
I can’t say it was a life time dream of mine until I found something inspiring to write about, which is animals. I also came to a crossroads in my life when I was about 41 years old. My chocolate lab Cassie had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. It really made me pause and reflect on life. I then decided to do some deep soul searching to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Combining my love of animals and writing about them has brought me immense joy.
Tell us about your recent release. What was your inspiration for it?
Tell us about your children's books.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Some writers go on long walks, others keep a journal, write at a café, or listen to music. What do you do for inspiration and unleashing your creativity?
Describe your working environment.
Though I wrote Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog at my kitchen table, I realized during that time how I love nature and need quiet. I wanted a room/space to call my own for writing and reflection. So, I sold my red sports car to pay for a 10 x 12 room my husband built for me off of our deck. It has 6 windows and a great view! My husband calls it, “MySpace.calm,” and it is exactly that!
No, I am not a disciplined writer, unless I am being held accountable or am on deadline. Once I have an idea of what to write though, I can really run with it and continue through to the end, along with all the editing. I learned to love the editing process.
Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your works?
What are you working on now?
Another children’s book about Frankie. I also do a quarterly newsletter about Frankie and am just starting a monthly E-magazine called Joyful Paws which will be short stories about animals. Anyone can sign up for these free at my Web site.
Where are your books available?
What was your experience in looking for a publisher?
I decided to self-publish for many reasons. I have grown by leaps and bounds and have learned so much by going the route of self-publishing.
What type of book promotion works for you? Any special strategies you’d like to share?
I think being open to all opportunities is what every writer needs to do. Especially with the internet, there are so many wonderful ways to promote. It does take a lot of work, but I am enjoying the marketing process. One of my bigger promotion strategies is marketing to our area schools and libraries and doing presentations.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Natalie Goldberg.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Charlotte’s Web and Three Little Horses at the Kings Palace.
What is the best advice on writing you've ever received?
We hear again and again that picture books are incredibly difficult to write. Why is that?I think because you have to remember what it was like to be a child. You have to say so much in fewer words. And you have to be descriptive with your words and sentences to keep the young readers attention.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and “Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog.”