Tell us a bit about your family. I’ve been married over twenty years to a good guy. My daughter is 13 and very artistic. My son is 7 and squirrelly but very sweet.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? I’m a pretty calm person. Very little ruffles me.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My 4th grade teacher read us The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and that was it – I was hooked. To this day, I love that book.
When and why did you begin writing? At age 10 and throughout my life. Professionaly, in 2008 for publications and my blog. Published since 2011.
When did you first know you could be a writer? When I made my tough guy biology teacher cry with a poem I wrote.
What inspired you to write your first book? I started blogging in 2008 and when I started writing my Mancode essays, people begged for me. I didn’t even think anyone besides my mom read my blog at the time so it was thrilling.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? The dichotomy between marketing and writing. By the time you’ve released a book, you’re already entrenched in the next one. So wearing different hats can be difficult.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? Like I mentioned above, delving into that which most people hide and sharing it.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m working on several projects: the third book in The Chronicles of Snark titled Chickspeak: Uncovered; I’m co-writing an erotic romance with a male author; starting notes on the follow up to this book, Broken Pieces; and pulling together my social media/author marketing blog posts to help other authors learn what has worked for me. I miss sleep.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? It’s scary showing people your truth. It’s a vulnerable feeling, there’s no doubt about it. But Broken Pieces has been so well-received, I’m grateful for the response.
How do you promote this book? It’s a combination of things: social media, ads, blog posts, press releases, guest posts, interviews, sharing reviews. There’s no secret I’ve found. It’s a lot of work but I love connecting with readers.
What are your goals as a writer? I’d love to have all my books in bookstores at some point. Right now, I’m digital only (though as I often remind people, no Kindle required to read an eBook).
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Genre – NonFiction
Rating – PG13