Sunday, April 13, 2014

An Easter Blog Hop

Welcome to the April 14th blog hop! V.J. Schultz asked me to join her today.  I hope you’ll check out her work; Death of Bigfoot & Other Tales as well as Truth or Dare & Other Tales. She has encouraged me to answer a few questions about myself and the work I’m doing. Then you can hop over to a few other writers.

One year ago An Unlikely Hero, the first in the Enigma Series was released. I am currently in the edit stage of that same series with Winds of Deception. During JANO I wrote the third book, titled Rooftop Angels. Also in the last year I wrote a romantic suspense novel titled The Rescued Heart which takes place in a mining town in the Ozarks. Black Opal Books will be publishing this novel. Impossible to imagine but I’ve also published two children’s books; There’s a Superhero in the Library & Zombie Meatloaf, both with small publishing companies.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?

Although my novels are action and suspense driven, my main character, Tessa, is not so different than you and I. She is a wife, mother and educator with a strong faith in God. Also like most of us, she is scared of her own shadow, timid and used to putting herself last. Because of events out of her control, Tessa becomes the most unlikely of heroes by using common sense and life experiences to unravel a terrorist plot. In my stand alone novel, The Rescued Heart, I deal with a mining town in the Ozarks. I understand what it is to kiss your loved one goodbye in the morning and wonder if they will return at the end of their shift. My heroes are ordinary people that walk among us every day.

Why do I write what I do?

My entire life I’ve loved “edge of your seat” kind of stories and experiences. I’ve been fortunate enough to float the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa, walked the Great Wall of China, attend Space Camp for Educators (which later led to being a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab) and many other places that excited my senses. Writing is an extension of those experiences where I can act out my inner Laura Croft. 

How does my writing process work?

I try to write every day or at least do something connected to that craft. Music is a large part of my inspiration. Movie and video game soundtracks are what I use as background when I write. I also keep a notebook for each story to collect facts, ideas to break writer’s block and character information. My desk is in the living room where I surround myself with the things I love.

Following are some other blogs you might enjoy visiting next Monday, April 21. So roll over to them and discover more interesting writers, tips and news in the world of imagination.

·  Karen Nelson is no stranger to writing, working with kids and putting in her time at a homeschool co-op. Check out her website to see what is going on in her life.
·         http://wrobbins34.blogspot. com Willy Robbins is a new children’s book author who is ready to get started on her next adventure with a sweet character named Ernie.
·   Meet Susan Keene. She writes children’s books about her dog and living in an apple orchard. She also writes mysteries for adults. Let her tell you about her new “watcher” series.


  1. I still haven't tried writing to music. Many of the writers I know do that, and I've been curious to give it a try, but never have.

  2. Your personality comes through in your writing. So happy for you, lady!

  3. Inner Laura Croft...I love it. Can't wait until I get to read more about Tessa!

  4. I have never written to music but it might be just the ticket. Looking forward to the next book

  5. Usually, I have the radio on when I'm writing. I guess that qualifies as writing to music. I prefer adult contemporary, KGBX or KTXR. Sometimes, when I'm writing a fantasy story, I put in an Enya CD. I guess this all dates me.