Walking with Elephants was my debut novel in 2010, although I am not new to writing. I was a theater critic and celebrity interviewer for a weekly tabloid in Jacksonville, Fl and I earned a Master’s in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University. For 15 years I worked in Corporate America as a technical editor/editor/writer. I experienced first hand the politics and intrigue that goes with that territory and the balancing act that comes with being a working mother. I salute all those mothers who are the glue that holds their families together while pursuing the nine to five brass ring. That experience was the inspiration for Walking with Elephants.
With my second novel, Sunspots, I continue to be in awe of the magical and wondrous phenomenon called life. As an observer and obvious participant in feminine values and approach to our human challenges, I bring this perspective to my work. Fascinated by the mysteries of the unseen forces that perhaps play a role in guiding our choices, I search for answers in the mundane as well as in the cosmic forces that surround us.
I am working on my third novel and live in Ponte Vedra, Fl. with my husband and our two furry kids.
What inspires you to write?
Some innate need to express myself and keeps me out of the mall.
Tell us about your writing process.
I sit in my study in front of my computer and try not to surf the Internet, play video games, read the news. But I am not successful. However, when the thrust of the writing finally grips me, I write in my mind everywhere. Sentences pop in my head when I am doing the dishes, character names are given to me when I am napping. It’s a very organic process and it will not be railroaded to a schedule or a place. It’s like breast-feeding on demand, LOL. Obviously, you can call this seat of the pants writing. I don’t even know where my plot will go, what my characters will do. The muse guides me. I am helpless. My job is to become engaged. And that’s the hardest job of all.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters spring from somewhere deep within my subconsciousness and tell me their story, move things around, mix it up. I am the scribe, making sure what they say is grammatically correct and poetically described. I write in the first person, so I am they and they are me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do it for the love of writing and have a thick skin. My second novel, SUNSPOTS, I thought was a masterpiece. Great reviews but just a handful. No flying off the virtual shelves, no word-of-mouth yet. I got all dressed up for the party and nobody came. But above all else, I have tried to maintain this mindset, that I respect of the process. I attend the church of just-the-right word, to be lyrical, visual, and real. To honor the tradition of the great writers and to try not to be a hack.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It took me 10 years to find a publisher for Walking with Elephants and then she closed the door after one year due to illness. Had some bites with NYC big houses at first but they fizzled. When the publisher closed no one wanted to take over. It was a no brainer to do it myself. With Sunspots, same thing, echoes bouncing off a dark tunnel of no interest. I was a former editor, knew how to use the software. No brainer, no biggie.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It sinks in my opinion. Too much junk out there. Everyone’s a writer–NOT!! And Amazon’s KDP Select promo is now so overused that nobody wants to pay for indie books. Too much for free. We’ve trained the customer to wait for the freebie. And then, I don’t even think the freebies are read. I had 2000 downloads for Walking with Elephants and no bounce. No nothing. it’s like Goodreads, when I see my book is added I get excited until I investigate and find out that reader has 1700″ to read” books. Big names like Dan Brown with big marketing budgets will still be the standard bearer for the unknown author. An indie can’t compete with that. How does an indie writer stand out? Well, for starters write some lurid S&M, or YA dystopias, vampires, zombies. I don’t write that stuff. I write what I write and the muse doesn’t give me that. And I didn’t win the lottery either. So don’t think you’ll make a living at it. Don’t quit your day job. But hey, ya never know. No publisher is going to yank my book out of sales, because I am the publisher. Sunspots can be for sale for centuries. One book sold every few weeks can really add up over 200 years.
What genres do you write?
chicklit, romance, magical realism
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print