Current Release: A Human Element
Describe your current release in two sentences?
One by one, Laura Armstrong’s loved ones are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer torments her with the promise that she is next and Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
A full time marketing career, my own business, and time away from family - not to mention constantly losing (and gaining) my sanity and self-confidence in my new path as an author.
What are you working on?
I’m in edit mode currently. Editing my middle grade adventure fantasy novel, my short story collection, and the sequel to my paranormal suspense novel, A Human Element. In Book 2, A Hidden Element, when a family’s son is taken by the same unearthly evil that brutalized them fifteen years ago they must sacrifice all again to defeat a new terrifying enemy–an enemy that wants to rule the world with their son as his heir.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
To have readers fall in love with my characters and stories, as much as I do. Maybe even fantasize about them as I do! Ultimately I want to have a body of work across genres; adult, middle grade, and young adult that embrace tales from the very dark to the fantastical and even sweet. I like to stretch and challenge myself to write outside my comfort zone and see what new areas I can become skilled in.
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
Doritos! My son wants them for school lunches, but it's so hard for me to buy a bag and resist it. I'll eat it in one day. That and a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Wegman's Cafe. I love the low buzz around me, plus the food smells are inspiration enough! I'll spend up to 8 hours there getting concentrated writing done. I now have a great group of other women writers who meet up here with me once a week. We spur each other on.
What career fields have you worked in?
Too many to post here! Here's the ones I stayed at more than one month. U.S. Navy Photographer. News Reporter. Marketing Manager. Owner of a Resume Writing Service. Freelance Advertising CopyWriter.
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
I'm excited to have my sequel out, A Hidden Element, a short story collection, and what I hope is the first in a middle grade adventure fantasy series. Lot's of projects! Then I'm eager to start a coming-of-age young adult novel.
How was your road to publication?
I meet my publisher at my very first Writer's Conference, pitched her my book, and she liked it. A few rounds of edits and revisions later we had signed a contract.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
To the late 19th century. I want to travel across America as Laura Ingalls Wilder did from the Big Woods, to Indian country, and eventually to being part of the first settlements out West. She experienced an entire shift in our country that it was founded on today. I re-read her Little House series each year.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston. It was one of my favorite children's books (and still is today) about a boy who goes to stay with his great-grandmother in an old castle. He ends up becoming friends with ghosts of his children relatives from long ago, and they even save his life. It's a magical book I wish I could fall into and experience.
I greatly appreciate my loyal readers who are clamoring for my sequel, A Hidden Element, and all I can say is: it's coming!
Thanks so much for having me on today! I appreciate the opportunity to sit down and chat.