Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a licensed minister, mother and entrepreneur. I live on the east coast now (I was born in Texas, grew up in California)
I really feel my intimate understanding of these diverse areas of our country
is very beneficial; it gives me a wealth of contents and perspectives for my
I love traveling, and travel as much and as often as I can. I am an animal lover, with two Chihuahuas (Milton and
Honey Bee) who keep me very busy. I love movies, music, and my service to
I have been involved in entrepreneurial endeavors for the majority of my
working life, and I absolutely love it.
There is never a dull moment, and the utilization of my work and life
experience is exhilarating. In this environment, I can clearly see that nothing
that has come into my life in the past was an accident, and I try to utilize
every experience to bring out something positive. I consult for corporations,
churches and individuals.
Describe your book ‘Crimson and Scarlet’ in 30
words or less.
The assorted and
controversial residents, of a small southern town conduct their daily lives,
unaware that what they do not know is killing them.
What was the hardest part of
writing your book?
Oddly, it was
writing in dialect. The story line and premise was actually the easy part. I wrote the entire premise about 35,000 words
complete with characters, and ending in only five days, as many authors have
said the characters wrote themselves. I just typed what I heard and saw. The
most challenging aspect was writing the southern conversational dialect of this
fictional town and its main character. I
wanted the reader to be able to hear the socio-economic differences of the
residents. I wanted the reader, to literally, be able to hear their voices. It
is funny but once you have so many grammatical errors, spell check just dies,
so being able to see errors was a challenge, as far as my computer was
concerned, I was on my own.
books have had the greatest influence on you?
Undoubtedly, the Bible, I base everything in
my life on what I have learned in its pages. As far as fiction is concerned, I
really enjoyed the books by the late “Bebe Moore Campbell” her books actually
drew me into the story line to the extent that I missed the characters when I
had completed the books. In addition,
Hannah Hurnard’s, Hinds Feet on High Places and Mountain of Spices
are among my favorite books. Her
allegorical works are so imaginative and yet tells a very profound and
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
Happily, I found
you guys, you have been a great help. I
also have posted on “all” the social networking sites of which I am a member. I
continually access the marketing information supplied by my publisher, and have
attempted to evaluate each opportunity for its possibilities for me and my
book. I use “key words” to link my website, and everything I am working on
I am always open
to suggestion, I read and research other authors marketing suggestions, and
those that fit, I begin immediately, and others require getting supporting
prerequisites in place. I usually find more methods as I research those
prerequisites, and find others to evaluate as well, I am always learning.
you spend your time when you are not writing?
I am actively
involved in Ministry, working as Online Dean for our School of Ministry “God’s Generals International Ministry
I mentor pastors and ministers, write for online publications (“Religion and Spirituality”
examiner at Examiner.com), act as Host and radio personality for my shows, and
I am an independent consultant, so I am busy servicing my clients. I frequently
share the advice that “organization is everything” when you have numerous
projects to oversee.
are you working on next?
My next book is
“Spirit and Truth.” It will revisit some of the resident of Southside, the
voice of the narrator of Crimson and Scarlet has changed.
“Spirit and Truth”
is narrated by G M Fallow (a peripheral character in Crimson and Scarlet). G
M is the leading correspondent of the
Southside Chronicle, the towns leading newspaper. In “Spirit and Truth” G M presents the towns
stories from the perspective of the “news.” Major changes have take place in
Southside and the surrounding vicinity and G M writes of major scandals which
are exposed, gives us the stories of leading citizens as they experience great
challenges and the long awaited answers to what’s happening now, with all the
juicy details (we know that the background stories must be documented by
Again, I have
attempted to tell the stores of these new characters and developments with
humor, candor and revelation.