It is nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
I was born and raised in upstate South Carolina, one of the prettiest places anywhere. I attended a local university called Clemson University where I obtained an undergraduate degree in secondary educations and a master’s degree in personnel services. I taught for 35 years before retiring three years ago. I have a wonderful husband, two sons, a granddaughter, and two grandsons, and I love them all dearly. I’ve also got a dog and cat that I’m fond of. When I’m not writing, I love collecting vintage Christmas ornaments, reading, and walking.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
My inspiration? A cartoon character called Woody Woodpecker. I wrote my first book at the age of five. I actually couldn’t write so I dictated the book to my dad we wrote it down on notebook paper. He put it in a cedar chest and kept it until he died about fifteen years ago. My stepmother found it and gave it to me. It’s one of my greatest treasures.
Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?
This is a hard question. There are some authors whose work I love. For example, I read Karen White whenever a new book comes out, but I don’t really think I have a favorite author. There are far too many wonderful writers to pick a favorite.
What has been your most proud moment as an author?
No doubt about this one! It had to be the night I learned that my first novel had won the 2003 Timeless Love contest. I had entered my manuscript in the contest at the last minute, hoping to win because the first prize was the publication of your novel. I forgot about it until months later when the publisher called and told me I’d won. My heart was beating so hard I could hardly hear her, and I let a container of ice cream melt and make a mess. It was too thrilling to believe, and I guess it still is.
What are you working on now? What will you release next?
At the moment I’m between books. Turnaround Farm will be released September 1, 2018, and right now I’m waiting on the edits to come back from my editor. Turnaround Farm is one of my favorite books. It took a while, but I finally figured out why. My hero Dan Wakefield is so much like my husband. I promise I didn’t realize it as I wrote the book, but it’s true.
So… where can we get your books?
Most of them are available at all the major online retailers, and some are available only at Amazon. Just plug my name in the search box. The books can also be ordered from any brick and mortar book store. Flood, my last publication is available at http://amzn.to/2qRgYD7
How would you define what being a successful writer means?
Naturally being on the New York Times bestseller list would define success in terms of the number of books sold, but I think there are other definitions as well. For example, it gives me great joy to create a new world and people it with characters I love. Writing is an outlet for creative expression that gives me great pleasure. Being successful could mean doing your best work and enjoying the whole process from start to finish.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I do read my book reviews. The good ones fill me with joy, but the bad ones not so much. If a bad review is well written and gives reasons why they didn’t like the book I think it’s possible to learn from them, but sometimes it seems like people just write them to be mean. I got a mean review the other day and discounted it immediately because there was no substance to it.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
My latest published work is titled Flood because a natural disaster is a part of the story. I wish I’d titled the book Peaches and Caleb, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, at the time I got the idea for the book parts of the country had been ravaged by floods so I thought people might relate to the idea. My heroine in the story is a vet so I incorporated my love of animals into the book. My heroine Aria tries to find the leaders of a dog fighting ring so she can bring them to justice. Naturally she succeeds, but she’d never have suspected who the ringleader was.
Where would you like to travel to and why?
If I could go anywhere I’d go to Greece. I think it’s a beautiful country, and it’s filled with history. I taught Social Studies for 35 years so of course the history aspect appeals to me. I’d love to see the ancient ruins and Santorini. Have you seen pictures of Santorini? It’s absolutely gorgeous.
Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?
My favorite character is Richard Lovinggood, the hero of Return Engagement. Richard is everything I’d like a man to be. He’s good looking which isn’t totally necessary for a hero, but it is nice. He’s also devoted to my heroine. He’d give his life for her if necessary. He’s a man of principle, but look out if you cross him. He’s an FBI agent who won’t do anything illegal, but he will use all of his power and authority to bring the bad guys to justice. (http://amzn.to/1SMhEEk)
What would you like readers to know?
If readers would like to sample my work they can check out my .99 novel Rest Thy Head. It’s published by Clean Reads. To get the .99 price you’ll have to buy the book from Amazon as the book is more at other outlets. Here’s a buy link for you. http://amzn.to/1PDbyPX