Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I\’m a USA Today Bestselling Author and publisher of box sets at Chill Out! Books. I\’ve written over forty books and published nearly one hundred multi-author box sets. Whether my story is a romance, suspense, historical, or cozy mystery, humor seems to find its way into the tale. Currently, I have four active \’slightly\’ connected series: The Fairies Saga (time travel/historical), Arlie Undercover (romantic suspense/cozy mystery), Triplets: Three Aren\’t One (multi-genres), and That Twin Thing (romantic suspense). The single stories are romances, most of them based in Alaska, my former home.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
NEVER A DULL MURDER is my most recent story. It is part of MURDER IS TO SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY: Diehard Dames Amateur Detective Series 2 but won\’t be available as a single until September 1. The subject was inspired by my friendship with bakers in Alaska and Oregon and the ordeals they must go through in their small businesses. This story continues with characters from The Arlie Undercover series.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can\’t write without a spreadsheet! I have ADD. My writing is not linear, so I write chapters as I am inspired. I plug all the \’who, what, where, and when\’ data into a spreadsheet. I can see if or where I\’m missing events or introductions to characters. I\’m not a Pantser or a Plotter: I\’m a Piecer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My first story was influenced by Diana Gabaldon. I wondered what would happen if I fell into Outlander. Of course, I couldn\’t be a sixty-year-old woman lost in the past, missing her family, so a sprig of amnesia pollen and an overdose of Fountain of Youth water came into play. I modified the fictional story my heroine fell into but many people still see it as Outlander (it isn\’t). The Fairies Saga is about my alter ego and her friends and family who interact with real people who are supposed to be fictional.
What are you working on now?
I\’m writing a new romantic comedy single about a young couple, skateboarding, and a skittish hedgehog who can\’t decide where she belongs. The title is KINKY BOOTS AND ME. It should be ready by mid-October, 2022.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Free Kindle Books and Tips and Kindle Nation Daily seem to be the two sites to get the best notice. I can\’t do Facebook ads and am trying Amazon ads again. At this point, I\’d rather someone take over promoting my singles (40+) and box sets (I\’m currently in 17 and have another one coming out in October). I love creating my own memes and even videos, but posting them is a royal PITA.
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
Facebook or whatever gets the most buy-throughs. I don\’t know which are best or I\’d do it myself.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing! Make sure you have a professional cover and edits!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you want to write, write! Don\’t just say you have this idea. Your ideas won\’t sell books.
What are you reading now?
Prove It! by Susanne Matthews
What’s next for you as a writer?
After my rom-com single, I have to decide whether to write another series specific title or blend characters from two series (again). That\’s more fun for me!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur\’s Court, War and Peace (because that\’s the only way I\’d read it), The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking, and The Bible (the answer to everything).