Exclusive Interview with
When did you start writing?
Spring of 1994
What makes writing your passion?
Being able to share all the stories in my head and heart with readers and followers.
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Relief, joy, disbelief, excitement and a feeling of accomplishment.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I use family names and do my best to capture their personalities.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
Finding the time to write and then attempting to master the necessity of marketing.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
Fortunately, life intervenes often enough that I seldom have experienced writer’s block.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
The multitude of stories in my head pushing me to get them on paper.
For new authors, live life and keep at your computer or tablet whenever you have a free moment.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Study English and language arts more!
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I do read all reviews. I always try to find something constructive in what the reviewers say. If I can’t, I move on.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Elated and proud that I pleased someone with my words.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes, I’ve frequently woven personal experiences into my stories.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
Maggie from, Code of Honor, is most like me so far.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Absolutely. The cover should give the reader a teaser of the book’s story.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I love interacting with readers. It’s the most fun!
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Love it! The perks of months spent alone at the computer.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
I actually have three. Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and Linda Lael Miller brought me through some tough times back in the day.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
I really want to be me and have my stories reach readers hearts the way other authors have reached me.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
I might rewrite some of my earlier books because hopefully I’ve grown as a writer… but probably not.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
I would never engage with the trolls but if that were to happen, I would wish them love and peace in their lives.
What would you say to your readers?
Please keep reading. I’ll do my best to keep you entertained and surprised!
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
I’m from Texas, recently lost my husband of 54 years, have two children and one grandson.
What is your day job if you have one?
I’m retired from the workforce.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I watch football, the police procedurals, I crochet and play bridge.
Did you have a happy childhood?
Yes. I was surrounded by love.
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
What is your favorite music?
Country music and country gospel
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