Current Release: Princess, More Tears to Cry
What's your book about?
It's the true story of a Saudi royal princess, Princess Sultana Al-Saud, and her family, as well as other Saudi women who have struggle to attain an education and to help other Saudi women. All the women are inspiring.
What should readers expect from you titles?
True stories of inspirational women who never accept failure. All fight for the good and future of women all over the world. There will be thrills and chills, because true life stories are more compelling that the greatest fiction.
What's your writing process like?
Once I decide upon a story, I speak with my literary agent and we have a long discussion. Then, she contacts my main publishers and talks to them to make sure there is an interest. Sometimes a contract is signed prior to writing, sometimes not. Then I do the research, which generally requires a trip abroad. Once the research is completed, I return home and start the daily writing.
Which authors do you follow religiously?
I follow authors who write non-fiction, always inspiration stories about creating good change in our lives -- but these authors change as most only have two or three books in them. I loved the Malala story, (young Pakistani woman who just shared the Noble Peace prize with a very special man who saves young children from slave labor) and other brave women who have fought for human rights, or for education rights.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
None, really. I read a lot, and perhaps I'm analyzing mentally without thinking about it...
What's next for you as an author?
It's up in the air as I have a number of books laid out and ready to go. Perhaps it will be my memoir -- perhaps it will be another book about Princess Sultana as the series is going strong. Or, perhaps it will be my long effort to write an animal book, as my love for animals is immense!
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Stop to select books or magazines I've been meaning to read but never had the time. Also, I like to telephone old friends and talk, and talk, and talk, and play catch up!
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
Liza Dawson (literary agent) of Liza Dawson Associates who was one of the first people to recognize the importance and beauty of Princess Sultana's true story.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
Yes. I met a most wonderful teacher and his wife (Stefan Ulstein and Jeanne) from Washington State -- two lovely people who love and appreciate books. Stefan had used my book PRINCESS as required reading in his high school literature class and his passion for her story truly touched me. I have kept in touch all these years.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
Oh, tough question as there are SO MANY authors I would love to dine with. I'll "trick" this question and combine them all into one name! MarkTwainSirWinstonChurchillWillDurantFreyaStarkDrThomasDooley
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
DEFINITELY NOT the past as I know the past. The future wins, hands down!
What's a writing day like for you?
Up around 9AM -- Write until around 2PM. Eat a light lunch. Nap an hour. Work/write until around 7PM. Eat dinner. Proof what I have written. Go to bed. Read a book until around 2AM. Same every day until I finish a book. Sometimes I must keep this schedule for up to 18 months! Strangely, I never get bored with it.
For anyone planning to be a writer, there is nothing quite like seeing that finished book on the bookstore shelves, or to hear from readers who have been impacted by what you have written.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
No, not really, although I love music...
What's your everyday life like? Do you write full-time or do you also hold another job?
I wake up and check e-mails and make a list for the day. If I am writing a book, I start writing. IF not, I do all the things one must do when not writing. Catch up on doing taxes (YIKES) or run errands, or do some research, or talk to my literary agent or my literary attorney -- something is always going on! (I am a full-time writer which means I work about 80 hours a week so no other "job.")
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert when I am writing. Extrovert at all other times!
What is your favorite or most fun place to shop online?
ALWAYS on line book stores, such as http://amazon.com and other similar sites like Barnes and Nobles.
I would not be a writer if readers did not seek out my books and also, tell others about the books I write, as word-of-mouth is so important. So I would never want to miss a chance to say THANK YOU to my readers. I could not do it without! PRINCESS, MORE TEARS TO CRY. Published August 27, 2014 and still out there, waiting for you!