I was born, raised and educated throughout the Midwest and began writing as soon as I could hold a pen. It seemed easier than talking. I regularly wrote stories to my mom and dad and though encouraged to pursue writing, I found myself at the University of Cincinnati, College of Business. My career was spent in a male dominated industry (heavy duty restaurant equipment) where I managed to successfully navigate a sea of testosterone.
A sane woman wouldn’t choose writing novels as a vocation. But though steeped in angst, writing feeds my soul. I used to arrange flowers but now I derive great joy in arranging words. The idea is that people might cry or laugh as they connect to them.
My first novel, Confessions of a Corporate Slut was published in January 2008. The title is metaphorical…tongue in cheek for smart women who give away their intellectual property for free…to benefit a spouse. Its publication preceded the very public stories of Silva Spitzer, Elizabeth Edwards, et.al. Midwestern Review gave it a 5 star rating.
Haunting Tryst, a short-short story, was published by Bewildering Stories, an online literary magazine, in 2009.
I am currently seeking representation for The Accuser’s Burden, my second novel, and actively writing my third novel, The Flame Dame Chronicles.
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What inspires you to write?
Almost everything….real life events that I can fictionalize to protect the innocent. I still live in a constant stae of amazement.
Tell us about your writing process.
Yes, I create character sketches, and I am also getting very interested in Scrivener as it makes the organizational process more streamlines. But the story has to be whole in my head before I start.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Hells yes! How else can I write about them authentically…they need to help guide me:)
What advice would you give other writers?
The hardest part is getting started. Just get started…write and then the re-do will seem simpler
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This was self – published through Author House. NEVER again with them…I am exploring other publishing options for my second, The Accuser’s Burden that include traditional, small press, hybrid and self.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s in total upheaval now….every day something changes…but there will be changes and they’ll be coming fast.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
commercial fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print