When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in
high school at the urging of my English teacher. I had always kept a
diary and enjoyed it so taking my writing to new levels seemed the natural
thing to do.
Describe your book "The Haunting of Wolfe Haven" in 30
words or less.
The Haunting of Wolfe
Haven follows one woman's journey to find herself and in finding herself, she
finds the path to her future.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Hands down, Wuthering
Heights and Gone with the Wind. Both of these classics stand out for
their strength in both characters and story. As a young woman reading
these books, I found myself transported back in time and completely caught up
in the moment page by page. Many of my creative stories in high school
were inspired by Wuthering Heights. I've read that book so many times
that my daughter gave me a copy of the movie for Mother's Day one year and I
still love to watch it!
Do you see writing as a career?
a therapist, I spend my time working with individuals that are troubled and in
need of guiding. Its easy to get overwhelmed with their grief and
hardships if you don't have a full and productive private life. Writing
gives me the balance I need to stay fresh and sharp. I fully hope to
continue writing until I can longer hold a book in my own two hands.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your
Time. My work
as a therapist keeps me busy. I also have a younger sister struggling
with major health issues. Last year alone I spent more time in emergency
rooms, hospitals and the ICU than I have in my entire life. Fortunately,
she's doing better now and things have settled down some. But definitely
finding the time to write is an ongoing challenge.
Who designed the cover?
The creative minds at
iUniverse came up with the cover. They actually did a good job of
replicating Wolfe Haven.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that
writing takes commitment, patience and focus. Nothing about writing is
easy or simple. If you enjoy writing, you absolutely have to have the
patience to reread and reread, rewrite and rewrite and be capable of taking some
constructive criticism along the way. Since The Haunting of Wolfe Haven
was released, I've been approached by many high school seniors contemplating
writing as a career and I tell them this: Writing is a journey of
uncharted roads. You will fail many times along the way, but if writing
is important to you then you must pick yourself up, brush yourself off and try,