Tell us a bit about your family.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart and have two teenagers. We also have a six-year-old rescue dog that is definitely the baby of the family. I work from home as an accountant and juggle that with writing, providing taxi service for my kids and spending time with my husband.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I simply imagine how I will feel if I buckle to those insecurities. We all have them, but I’d rather try my best knowing that the outcome may not be what I wish, and that’s okay. To me, pushing ahead in the face of self-doubt is far better than giving up, only to look back wondering—what if?
What scares you the most?
Not having enough time to do all of the things I still want to do. That includes writing more books, traveling with my husband and seeing what kind of adults my kids will become and the adventures they will have as their lives evolve.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Recognizing my flaws. We all have them, and I’m certainly no different. However, over time, I’ve learned to cut myself some slack. And in doing so, I’m more tolerant of others, as well. It’s not easy to change and sometimes you just have to accept yourself the way you are. When you do that, you have more compassion for other people. At least that’s been my experience.
Why do you write?
That’s easy—it’s fun! I’ve always enjoyed reading and it’s even more rewarding to create characters, places and stories. In real life, we don’t have nearly the control over people or events that we believe we have. As a writer, I have complete control over what happens in a story, and it feels empowering.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes, always. I loved writing when I was a kid. I even won some creative writing awards in school. However, in time, the responsibilities of adulthood overshadowed my writing interests and I shelved them for a very long time as nothing more than childhood dreams.
What motivates you to write?
The desire to live my dream is what motivates me. I’ve told my kids to count themselves lucky in life if they are able to do something they love, because that means they will never work a day in their lives. Of course, I mean ‘work’ in the sense of drudgery. I have never worked harder than since I began writing, networking, marketing, and self-publishing—but I love every minute of it!
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
My marriage. I’ve been married for over 25 years to my high school sweetheart (known him for almost 35 years) and we are still best friends. No one else can make me laugh the way he does and the older you get, the more laughing you need to be able to do—trust me.
What books did you love growing up?
I loved Sidney Sheldon. Rage of Angels was the first book that I immediately reread the instant I finished the last page. In general, I have always liked books with strong female characters. Barbara Taylor Bradford’s book A Woman of Substance is another example and a classic as far as I’m concerned.
Who is your favorite author?
Okay, it’s impossible to name only one. It depends on my mood. So here are some of my go to authors: James Rollins, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Lisa Renee Jones, Kendall Grey, Carl Sagan and Neil Degrasse Tyson. As I said, it depends on my mood.
Genre – Women’s Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Romance
Rating – R