I am a pastor and a pastor’s wife, enjoying life in Hawaii and currently self-employed as an author, speaker, and Christian life coach. In my free time, I enjoy snorkeling, reading murder mysteries, riding roller coasters, and going to Bruce Springsteen concerts.
What inspires you to write?
My experiences as a parish pastor and my desire to bring hope and healing to a troubled world, combined with an overwhelming sense that God is calling me to do so, inspire me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer, although for my book of Christian meditations I did start with a clear sense of the format I would use and I knew some of the specific Bible passages I wanted to include. I disciplined myself to write one chapter per day, six days a week, until I completed the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Make up your mind to actually get your book done, break it down into manageable chunks so you can do a little each day, and don’t stop until it’s done!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew from the beginning I would self-publish. I am too much of a control freak to let someone else edit my book and have the final say over what the finished product would look like and how it would be marketed. I also wanted a fast turn-around time once I completed the manuscript, and I knew that as a new author without a platform it was highly unlikely that a publisher would be interested in my work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
E-books are continuing to grow in popularity, so I think there will be fewer print books, and publishers will only consider authors who are already well-known. More and more authors will decide to self-publish, and will have to find creative ways of getting their books noticed in the digital marketplace.
What genres do you write?
Christian non-fiction, devotional, self-help
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print