Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
started writing in high school and when I graduated, I was lucky enough to be a
guest columnist for my local newspaper. I wrote on and off for the next
few years. My work was published in literary magazines and a few
commercial magazines. I stepped away from writing for a while after my
dad passed away because I took over the family home decor business. I
published one home decor book during that time, but it wasn't until the death
of my own husband that I really stopped to think about what I wanted out of
life. I took a few of my literary short stories and wrote my first
novel Ghost Country. I had already written Two Out of
Three, but couldn't bear to part with it yet. After a little success
with my first novel, I finally publishedTwo Out of Three, it's been one
of my best decisions.
Describe your book ‘Two Out of Three’ in 30 words or less.
Two Out of Three is about a girl that is in love with a
man just as twisted and broken as she is. A toxic, but deep love.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part about writing Two Out of
Three was accepting that it was not a formula romance. The novel
broke the rules in many ways and people either love it or they hate it.
My characters aren't saints, they are people you love to hate, but you still
hope that if they could just get it right once and turn their lives
around. I wrote the story over 15 years ago, thinking over time the
characters might change in my head, but they never did. I just had to
accept them for what they were.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
greatest influence would have to be Gone With The Wind. That
whole battle of the wills between the two leads was a big influence for Rob and
Sarah. Although, now I'm leaning more towards Switched and Twilight as
I moved on to a new project.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
I marketed Two Out of Three on
Facebook and Twitter. I started conversations that I could tie into my book
such as asking people who their favorite "bad boy" was in honor of my
character Rob, or who their favorite red head was in honor of Sarah. I
wrote numerous press releases about bringing back the bad boy, how my book
wasn't the average romance, and how I reworked happily ever after. I also
wrote a few articles for Ezine Articles on writing romance. I advertised
on Kindle Boards, but didn't think it was very effective.
How do you spend your time when you are not
is on a competitive dance team and she keeps me very busy. Yes, I am one
of those dance moms cheering her little girl on. Our group is NOTHING
like the television show. We have a great time. My daughter is my
biggest fan, so I love to turn the tables on her and give her my support.
What are you working on next?
My next project, Spiritus, is a
paranormal romance. It has ghosts, reincarnation, and true love!
I'm real excited about it and hope that you'll be seeing it on Freado real