Sunday, July 28, 2013

Welcome everyone! I’m thrilled that you stopped by. Did I say thrilled? That must be because I’m an action-adventure writer with lots of suspense mixed in. I’m now charting new territory with a children’s book, There’s a Superhero in the Library.  After you finish the questions posed to me I hope you’ll hop over to some other writers I know. Melissa M. Frye and Kat O’Reilly are from Arkansas who have been writing for some time. Amanda Buxton and Lori Robinett are Missouri writers. Then there’s a new writer named Willy Robbins. I’m sure you’ll find them as interesting as I do.

What are you working on right now?

Currently I’ve signed with Mirror Publishing for my first children’s book called There’s a Superhero in the Library. All of us have been affected at some time with a loved one being diagnosed with cancer. We rarely take into consideration how the little ones around us feel when their teacher becomes ill with this disease. I took a real life story and turned it into a book. Don’t worry! As sad as it sounds there’s a happy ending. I’m hoping children and adults can relate to this experience.

The other project I’m working on is the sequel the thriller An Unlikely Hero. My heroine is once again up to her eyeballs in trouble. I’ve had to pull in some resources from the medical profession to help me save the president’s life. I’ve also been able to interview some survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. They are all tied together at the end. Archway Publishing is taking a look at the first chapter.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

We don’t usually consider cancer to be a very good topic to talk about with children. I believe most of us would just rather not think about it. Every time I read it out loud I tear up. It’s just such a personal story for me. I usually write from the gut not the heart. I couldn’t step outside myself because it was a true story. Thankfully my friend beat cancer! It offers hope, humor and real life drama. I hope everyone will laugh when they read it.

What is the hardest part about writing?

I know everyone says it but social media is a real “time suck” for me. I get caught up in reading everyone’s post, tweet, and so on that before I know it I’ve wasted an hour or two of writing time. Knowing how important it is to stay connected to people so my name will get out there still bogs me down some days.

How does your writing process work?

Lots of coffee! Then I also have a room set aside in my house that is my office and work area. My writing books, research, travel mementos, music and pictures are kept there. I surround myself with inspiration for those times when I write myself into a corner. My little dog, Lulu, stays close by to keep me company. There isn’t a particular part of the day that is better for me to create. I do need music to write. My favorite kind of music is movie soundtracks, classical, video game soundtracks and world. I don’t usually listen to the same soundtracks for everything I write. Different characters demand their own music scores.

Who are the authors you most admire?

I have read all of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, James Rollins and Steve Berry. I’m working through all of the David Baldacci, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Lee Child and Clive Cussler, although I’ve read a great many of them as well. In children’s books I love all the old Sweet Pickles series as well as Frog and Toad. Friendship is a wonderful thing. The Bernstein Bears taught my children many lessons they probably would have ignored if I had tried to instill the same thing. Having said that, the writers at Sleuths’ Ink and Ozarks Romance Authors have done more to encourage and support me than I ever thought possible. I adore them.

Okay folks! Time to BLOG HOP! Ready? Go!


  1. I can't wait to get your children's book. That sounds so interesting. And I LOVE your HERO book. That's gonna be a great series for you.

  2. What a moving topic. Kudos to you for taking it on. And welcome to the blog hop! I was the one who tagged A. M. Buxton.

  3. Your picture book sounds inspiring and I love the title. Congrats on tackling a tough topic for kids. I hope you're enjoying the publishing process and especially watching the illustrator bring your words to life. I thought it was thrilling. I'm excited to read it.

    I hope you'll take the time to hop over to mine.