Current Release: BLUFF
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Jude Black, teeters on death but clings to life in order to bring her baby into this world, but only she knows the circumstances of her mysterious fall off the bluff and the identity of her baby's father. This poignantly-crafted literary novel offers a sensitive yet stark look at essential issues such as the value of a human life, but at its core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed.
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
Nothing, really. And even thinking that way can get you into the wrong mindset. When you do what you love, you don't sacrifice, you prioritize. I am fortunate enough to have a great fan base because of my previous work as a journalist, columnist and public speaker, as well as a non-fiction author. I have also found that if money is your motivator, then writing isn't for you because you had to do the time before you make a dime.
What are you working on?
I am currently writing the sequel to BLUFF, title TBA. But my next novel, Third Willow, which is sure to be critically acclaimed, is currently in production and design and will launch in early 2013. It's so thrilling to have written such a beautifully constructed piece of classic literature.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
To be heard, and to touch the lives of my readers, either by rendering them moved by beautifully constructed writing and deep internal plumbing or by forcing them to look at uncomfortable themes that touch all our lives. I put in herculean effort to write from the most authentic place in my soul and hope my readers will resonate with that. And, at the same time, trust me not to take them someplace and then abandon them. It's why I am so compelled to finish the sequel to BLUFF. I want to assure them that the themes of justice and deceptions revealed will have a conclusion.
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
Anything hot with gravy and rice.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my head.
What career fields have you worked in?
I have been a broadcast journalist, political reporter, freelance journalist for Internet sites, newspapers and magazines, a magazine editor (twice), a radio news anchor, a daycare worker, a house cleaner, a waitress, an English as a second language tutor, and a transcriptionist.
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
To keep writing. I have an anthology in mind that I will compile from some little gems I wrote over the past few years. I love short story anthologies and would love to compile one for my readers.
How was your road to publication?
Paved with good intention, peppered with naiveté and fraught with mistakes. Self publishing is so much more rewarding that being published through traditional publishing houses--which I have been 15 times. There is a learning curve that continues to awe and inspire me. Mistakes have been the key to getting ahead.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Early 20th century America...any town, city or suburb. I just have spiritual connection to that time period.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Our Town by Thornton Wilder.
I have to bow to my readers because I so very, very much appreciate them taking time to read my work. It's vitally important to me that they know how much gratitude for them and the gift they give me every time they open my books. Blessings to all of you. As I like to say, if you don't have readers, who are you writing for? Yourself.