Friday, March 22, 2019

10 Confessions: Sandra Lee Dennis, Author of Love and the Mystery of Betrayal @sandraleedennis @pumpupyourbook

10 Confessions from Authors is our newest feature!  Here you will find authors from all walks of life and all genres telling us their top ten confessions.  Our guest today is Sandra Lee Dennis, author of LOVE AND THE MYSTERY OF BETRAYAL.

About the Author
SANDRA LEE DENNIS, PhD, is an author, teacher and explorer of the interplay of depth psychology and spirituality. She holds an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Integral Studies/ Psychology and Religion. She has been on the faculty of several universities, as well as the San Francisco Jung Institute.

Sandra’s writings bridge the world of scholar and visionary. She loves to bring light to those subtle interior spheres that defy description, and can appear frightening or unreal to the logical mind.  Her deep-diving explorations have helped many to “translate their darkness” — to name and bring compassion to their grief, anger, confusion and pain.

She was a teacher in the Gurdjieff tradition for many years, an Ananda Yoga instructor, and a long-time student of Diamond Heart work.  Currently, she is enjoying life in the Bay Area.
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1. Writing an authentic book about a shameful experience takes guts!
2.  Feedback from readers who have been helped by this book made the years of toil and angst writing it worthwhile.
3. I have to steel myself to read any critical reviews, happily, not too often necessary.
4. My motto about reviews is: ” Whether they think well or ill of thee, thou art the same person”!
5. Once I finish a book (I have written two) I swear I will never write another — so much work and dedication they both took.
6. I feel an exhilarating sense of freedom when I finish writing a book!
7. Writing for me feels like a command from a Higher Power I cannot ignore, a command to put experiences into words to better share them with others.
8. Writing a book is like having a baby, in that you do give birth to a new creation with a life of its own.
9.  Also, if you haven’t had the experience of writing a book, you can’t really understand what it is like. But you can’t really tell anybody this who thinks they know.
10. I love and am grateful for my life — more than ever!

About the Book:

Author: Sandra Lee Dennis
Publisher: West County Press
Pages: 290
Genre: Relationships/Spiritual/Self-Help

Betrayal of love inflicts a unique, unprecedented pain you can only comprehend once you have experienced it. If you are suffering from an intimate betrayal, you know. Betrayal is stunning. It is mind-boggling. You feel paralyzed, mystified, enraged, panicked, bewildered; but, mostly, you hurt. Betrayal is a make-or-break event that marks a cataclysmic divide in your life. It changes you. When you believe in someone so completely and then realize they have been deceiving you about their love and loyalty, the worst thing happens: Your faith in yourself crumbles. The shock lifts a veil from your eyes, and you can never see yourself or the world in the same way again.



Meet the Author: Sherry Jones, Author of Josephine Baker's Last Dance

Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of The Sword of MedinaFour SistersAll QueensThe Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart.  Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne.
Her latest novel is Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

Purchase Josephine Baker’s Last Dance in paperback,  ebook,  and  audiobook  formats on  Simon and Schuster’s website (available on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble,  BooksAMillion,  Indiebound,  Kobo,  and  other sites). Learn more about Sherry’s books  at

Behind the Mic: JOSEPHINE BAKER'S LAST DANCE with Adenrele Ojo. Listen as she discusses what it was like to narrate this epic book:

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

The books I read as a child inspired me to write—Little Women was a favorite, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland--and my second-grade reading teacher, whose name I have, unfortunately, forgotten, who praised my stories and poems in class and said, “If you ever write a book, keep your maiden name so I’ll know it was you.”

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

Always when reading a book. I have to highlight memorable turns of phrase! In movie theaters it’s too dark to see a notepad, but I always pay careful attention to plotting and characterization. My work is highly influenced by film techniques.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I have written all my life, but I never dared to try fiction until I was nearly 40. I wrote an autobiographical novel that was truly terrible. Whew! I’m so glad I got that out of my system!

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I work as a freelance writer, writing travel stories and marketing content for technology and cybersecurity companies.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1.      Do Natalie Goldberg’s “writing practice” for 10 minutes each day, to warm up.
2.      Remember that, as Hemingway (and Anne Lamott) said, the first draft is always shit.
3.      Take as much time as you can between drafts, so you approach the material with a fresh eye before revising. The late, great John Garner recommended six months between drafts.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

All the time! Because nothing is as important as writing books.

What hours do you write best?

I’m at my best first thing in the morning and late at night.

How often do you write?

When I’m working on a novel, I write every day. I become obsessed with the project. Whan I’m between novels, I’m more casual about it. But I don’t spend much time without a novel to work on. Life is too short!

Are you an avid reader?

The only think I love more than reading is writing. Even sex can’t compare.

What are you reading now?

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonsen. Next on deck is The Milkman.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a novel about Billy Tipton, a transgender jazz performer who presented as a man and somehow kept his biological, female gender a secret until he died—even his three wives and adopted children never knew. He spent the last 34 years of his life in Spokane, where I live. Just as JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE adds to the conversation about race and racism, I hope this novel will provide food for thought about gender identity and the experiences of transgender people.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Meet the Author: Larry Spencer, Author of 'Material Things'

LARRY SPENCER published his first novel, The Tipping Point Of Oliver Bass in the summer of 2017. A story that covered the life of a pathologically arrogant, wealthy young man who sets off on a journey of self-discovery, family tragedy, and sexual conquest in a modern California noir backdrop.   Spencer has been a Writer’s Guild of America member since the late 70s, having written and produced a multitude of highly successful TV shows, which culminated into writing several feature films. He was then encouraged to pen his second book, Material Things, a story based on true events that takes place in the 60s &70s and tackles organized crime, drugs and embezzlement during a time when bellbottom pants ruled the fashion scene.  He lives in Valley Village, California.

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Larry Spencer’s riveting, interlocking narratives circle the lives of Matthew Street, Jon Lewis and Christopher Styles, in a 1970s California backdrop that takes them from owning and operating a fashionable clothing boutique into the gripping world of an FBI under cover operation, drug trafficking, prostitution and a nefarious criminal element, that brings to light a Mafia contract killer, who’s out to bump off a stoolie in their midst.

Material Things is based on true events surrounding the store that introduced bellbottom jeans to a hip Southern California crowd and how it became, not only a cottage industry but also an arena fraught with danger and moral strife that put the store and it’s owners under close scrutiny after an alarming number of felonious activities surface.

The climax is anything but conventional as Matthew, Jon and Christopher are confronted with a life threatening reality that they never imagined could happen just by selling bellbottom pants.



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

Chuck Barris gave me a job as the head writer on the Gong Show, strictly  based on my polluted wacky sense of  humor. From there it became my way of life and I haven’t stopped writing since. 

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Not until my early twenties.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

Always. Also have a pad on my nightstand next to my bed.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Not at all. Always wanted to be an animator. Have a degree in Animation.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

No day job. Unless you call gardening and taking naps as a career.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Don’t be precious with your words. There are a lot of critics out there. Especially family members. They are the worst. Don’t let brutal honesty discourage the writing process. Have faith in your choices.  Write what you know. Write what you’ve experienced.  Never question your choices. And most of the time go with your instincts.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

No. Unless my appendix bursts then yeah, I stop the process.

What hours do you write best?

Early morning until early evening. Usually constant. Writing is my drug of choice.  My habit.

How often do you write?

Every day.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Nope. Later years.

What are you currently working on?

A pilot for Netflix. About a 28 year old alcoholic who decides to make amends to the people she’s hurt along the way and finds that most people aren’t willing  to forgive her.

Meet the Author: A.L. Bryant, Author of 'Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter'

A.L. Bryant was born and raised in St. Petersburg FL. She became interested in writing at an early age; an interest that depending on the circumstance brought punishment (detention for passing out the latest installment of her novella during class) and praise (being chosen for a youth writers conference at the Poynter Institute.)  A.L. Bryant gets her inspiration from both her mother and her Great Grandmother. Her mother recently published an inspirational children’s book under a pseudonym and her great grandmother is South Carolina’s first published African-American female author and playwright.

Until recently writing had simply been a pastime for A.L. Bryant who although she attended several writing courses, graduated with a B.A. in International Business. It was shortly after her second job as a Financial Office Manager at a Goodwill correctional facility that she realized she loved writing more than anything else. It would still be some years before she would convert the short story she wrote in college into a novel.

Besides writing, A.L. Bryant loves traveling the world. God has blessed her with the opportunity to visit a total of seven countries. She has studied abroad in Seoul and has traveled throughout Kenya; two locations she researched for her Blessed series. Her dream is to visit every country in the world.

Her latest book is the supernatural Christian thriller horror novel, Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter.

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Author: A.L. Bryant
Publisher: HSW Publications LLC
Pages: 279
Genre: Supernatural Christian Thriller/Horror

On New Year’s Eve 2021 the staff at St. Ann’s Hospital witness a medical miracle when a semi-conscious woman walks into the emergency room. The Jane Doe has been stabbed multiple times and as the staff struggle to keep the woman alive in the end all they can do is stand back and watch as their mysterious patient revives herself.

Glory wakes up in St. Ann’s Hospital gravely injured from an attack she cannot remember. However, her memory loss is no ordinary amnesia and she is no ordinary patient. Much to the shock of the hospital staff Glory heals at three times the rate of an average person. Soon the administration hears of her unique case and waste no time convincing the recovering Glory to be a part of an experiment to discover the origins of her power.

Once outside the comforting walls of the hospital it becomes apparent that healing is just a small portion of Glory’s capabilities. Abilities that to Glory’s distress are becoming increasingly unstable. Deciding that the hospital’s experiments are in vain, Glory embarks on her own Journey to discover the source of her power, unaware that she is a major pawn in a war between two secret organizations.

The two syndicates continue to clash in their fight for control and their battles result in several casualties. The crimes of their warfare surface and draw the attention of Dennis Wilson, a NYPD Detective known for solving his cases in the first forty-eight hours. Dennis follows the trail of bodies out of curiosity. But when his curiosity causes the deaths of his loved ones Detective Dennis becomes obsessed with the case.

In his overzealous attempts to find the murderer Dennis becomes the syndicates’ next target. Now the Detective must run for his life and the only person capable of saving him is the very person he suspects.

Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter is a hybrid of government espionage and supernatural Thriller. This novel is intended for audiences 18+ that seek an edgier outlook on Christian fiction. Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter is the first installment of the Blessed trilogy.



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I have been writing for so long that I am not truly sure what inspired me. I will say I have always had a love of books and I have a few writers in my family as well. So, literature has always played a large role in my life.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Always loved writing, but I decided I wanted to write professionally when I was either 24 or 25.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

Not when I am reading, I get too into stories; but I do take mental notes when I see something interesting in movies.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I have ALWAYS loved writing. I can’t remember a time in which I was not writing.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

·        Sometimes inspiration comes after picking up your pen (or typing on your keyboard) not before. Just start writing anything even gibberish if you feel you have writer’s block. You’d be surprised to find your muse hasn’t gone anywhere.
·        Writing and publishing are two different animals.
·        Don’t take writing tips as written in stone. If you know how to spin it, even clichés and writing faux pas can be interesting. Don’t limit yourself in any way.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

All the time. I have a procrastinating problem, send help . . . when you get a chance.

What hours do you write best?

I’m a night owl, so late afternoon.

How often do you write?

Not a lot lately, I have my publisher’s hat on right now. But in normal circumstances I try to write at least 3 hours a day. When I am really into it, I can write until someone forces me to stop.

Are you an avid reader?

I read something every day. A lot of times it’s just a little dime novel I can devour in 2 to 3 hours. The deeper reading (nonfiction) and darker genres (thriller, psychological, horror) take me a while to get through. So, for example I have been reading three main books for a few weeks now and in that time, I have read too many dime novels to recall.

What are you reading now?

A John Grisham novel, a Brenda Joyce novel and The New Jim Crow.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing the second installment in the Blessed Trilogy. I am also looking to re-publish a charming children’s book by the name of Ray’s Wisdom under H.S.W. Publications LLC.

Meet the Author: Joab Stieglitz, Author of The Old Man's Request

Joab Stieglitz was born and raised in the Warren, New Jersey. He is an Application Consultant for a software company.  He has also worked as a software trainer, a network engineer, a project manager, and a technical writer over his 30 year career. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Joab is an avid tabletop RPG player and game master of horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres, including Savage Worlds (Mars, Deadlands, Agents of Oblivion, Apocalypse Prevention Inc, Herald: Tesla and Lovecraft, Thrilling Tales, and others), Call of Cthulhu, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and Pathfinder.
Joab channeled his role-playing experiences in the Utgarda Series, which are pulp adventure novels with Lovecraftian influences set in the 1920’s.
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Twitter Address: @joabstieglitz

Author: Joab Stieglitz
Publisher: Rantings of a Wandering Mind
Pages: 117
Genre: Historical Suspense

An Innocent Favor for a Dying Old Friend…
Fifty years ago, a group of college friends dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on the world. Now, on his deathbed, the last of the students, now a trustee of Reister University enlists the aid of three newcomers to banish the thing they summoned.
Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov, doctor Harry Lamb, and Father Sean O’Malley are all indebted the ailing trustee for their positions. Together, they pursue the knowledge and resources needed to perform the ritual.
Hampered by the old man’s greedy son, the wizened director of the university library, and a private investigator with a troubled past, can they perform the ritual and banish the entity?



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?
I have been writing all my life. I wrote stories for myself as a child. I am a big role-player and have written numerous adventures, character backgrounds, and other material for a variety of genres over the years.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?
I fell into writing and found that I had a knack for it. In college, I excelled at classes that had papers (as opposed to tests). In my various jobs in the computer networking world, I have gravitated toward writing tasks, such as requirements, training, and policies and procedures.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?
I am an Application Consultant for a large software publisher. I write requirements for software implementations, test cases, and other documentation.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?
I try to focus on my writing during writing sessions, but that fluctuates between actual writing, research, marketing, promotion.

How often do you write?
I try to write a 1500-2000 word chapter each week, but that is constrained by the requirements of my day job, running/playing in several games each week (which does provide inspiration for future projects), and my family.

What are you reading now?
I am currently listening to the audiobook of Forebodings, Conquerors of K'Tara: Book I, by L. A. Di Paolo, which is an epic fantasy featuring amazing world building. I’m reading City of Woe by Chris Ryan, a gritty cop drama that provides a compelling and believable look at the life of two detectives who seem to get saddled with the weird cases.

What are you currently working on?
I have a couple of projects in progress. I’m about 15,000 words into book 5 of the Utgarda Series, featuring Russian-American anthropologist Anna Rykov in the 1930s. I also have an outline for a novel about the secret occult war in World War II. And m considering a fantasy adventure where all the characters are dragons.

On another tack, I have short stories in progress about an overly confident heir to a fortune and the people around him who get him out of trouble, and steampunk stories about the all female colonization of Venus.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Guest Post from Michael Hoffman, author of Fuji, Sinai, Olympos

Inside the Book:

Title: Fuji, Sinai, Olympos
Author: Michael Hoffman
Genre: Essays
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

Travel companions on my journeys are four in number: Odysseus, Don Quixote, Huckleberry Finn and Basho.” (Travel) “He walked in priestly garb. Arriving towards evening at a town or village, he’d chant sutras until passersby gave him, or flung him, enough money for a flophouse bed, a little food, a bath and enough saké  to induce a measure of forgetfulness. ‘A beggar,’ he admonished himself, ‘has to learn to be an all-out beggar. Unless he can be that, he will never taste the happiness of being a beggar.’” (Walking) ‘“The pleasantest of all diversions,’ said the fourteenth-century Japanese priest Kenko,“ is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known.’ Reading is inseparable from reverie. ‘Sitting alone under the lamp,’ I was soon not alone at all, but hosting, I venture to say, as vivid and varied a company as ever gathered under one roof. (Genji, Myshkin and Jones) “Everest is nothing, mere seismology.” (Fuji, Sinai, Olympos) 



There are any number of things I could be writing about here, but only two which I am uniquely qualified to discuss: myself and my book. I therefore crave your indulgence.
I begin with the book because it is more interesting than me. The title, Fuji, Sinai, Olymposnames three sacred mountains – the three pillars that support and also unite the 20 essays that make up the book. Why these particular mountains? Fuji because it symbolizes my adopted culture (I live in Japan); Sinai and Olympos because they symbolize my native (Western) culture.
Humankind from its earliest beginnings have stood in awe of mountains. In mountains we conceive our gods, lodge them, encounter them, worship them. “To ascend is human,” I write in the book. The book is therefore itself a kind of ascent – at least strives to be. The essays complement each other, and yet each is a whole in itself.
At the core of the book lies a premise: that philosophy is central to human life, that, simply by virtue of being human, we are all philosophersI think, therefore I am; I am, therefore I think, I think, therefore I am a philosopher. It has nothing to do with earning a doctorate, mastering arcane terminology, or even being extraordinarily intelligent. Don’t all philosophers say somewhere in the course of their work that all other philosophers are fools? Bertrand Russell, that barbed philosophical wit, defined philosophy as “an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.” Taneda Santoka, the Japanese haiku poet, said, “Let us become more foolish. Better: let us revert to our original foolishness.” See what I mean?
No – I’m not making myself clear. I won’t apologize – obscurity, in moderation, is no bad thing; it’s bracing, stimulating. But I think of it like this: Socrates said philosophy is learning how to die; I say philosophy is learning how to be “more foolish” – to “revert to our original foolishness” – to recall our original foolishness, again in the spirit of Socrates, who said all learning is recalling what our souls knew before birth.
I say of myself that I am a philosopher because I am human. I am a thinker – not, I hasten to add, a professional thinker, or a professorial thinker (on the contrary, very much the contrary: I am a student, a perpetual student, a lifelong student; I never got out of college; studentcy is my natural and native mode), but a thinker in the sense that thoughts come to me, invited and uninvited, from books and from the void, from thinkers, poets, dreamers, saints, rogues, or none of the above, or all of them at once; they seduce me, these thoughts that come to me; I write them down raw, brood over them, rewrite them a little less raw, put them together, take them apart; years pass and I see, or rather feel, that they’ve become something – what? I don’t know – something – and that, that obscure but urgent feeling, is the sign that  it’s time to start writing.


Michael Hoffman has lived in Japan since 1982. His columns appear regularly in the Japan Times, irregularly elsewhere. His previous books include "In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan;" "Other Worlds; Little Pieces: This Side of Japan;" and "The Coat that Covers Him and Other Stories."

Monday, March 4, 2019

Meet the Author: M.D. Fryson, Author of Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse & The Coven

I am a wife and mom to three boys. I am an animal lover especially horses that I used to ride, train and show. Someday will do once more!

Favorite books are anything astrology, self help, motivation, romance and humor.

I love chocolate, coffee, my family (not in that order), and the beach.

I like to garden, hike, jog, swim and travel. My oldest two boys tell me I am weird as they laugh and I’ll take that as a good thing. I am told I am witty and sarcastic and I believe that comes out in my writing. 

The third installment to this series comes out September, 2019 and I am nearly finished with the last book to the series that comes out in 2020.

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Twitter Link: @madelyn_fryson

MERIDIAN’S curse has left her in a state all her own of amnesia. She is on Earth lost and afraid with only fragments to piece together her mysterious circumstance. The curse has taken the unimaginable
from her, but that is just scratching the surface. The Black Widow curse will reveal itself through the demon’s riddle, the Coven and the Fairy Nymphs.

A trip back to
Salem is just what the psychic ordered, but treachery lurks with an ex coven member who calls on demons. The demon realm offers more riddles than answers, but a stroke of luck from the high demon court, brings in a sophisticated demon, Lahash who has grown tired of the games. 

The curse hides
Meridian's identity and her memory will unlock the Universal secret of her twin soul to find her way home. As Meridian finds Aiden so do the impacts of her curse and what it could do to their budding relationship. 

Meridian’s soul and fate are in the cross hairs, while the odds rise between the demons, witches and the fairies. 

Finally having found Aiden, the Fairy Queen comes through to send aid to
Meridian, but she still doubts herself and contemplates running away from it all. Who is Meridian's twin soul? Will she go back to Etheria or will the curse reign down on Meridian?
Find out in this dark and twisted paranormal romance. 


What first inspired you to write or who inspired you? 
Initially it was the idea that I would write a non-fiction story about some personal experiences.  When I sat down to write it, I just couldn’t do it because it was and is too sad to write, at least for now.  Maybe someday I will.  So instead, I decided to write a fiction story with figurative elements of some of what I felt or experienced.  Wrapped it up into a paranormal fantasy with fictional characters, with traits inspired by people I know with at least one setting in a small town I visited and fell in love with, Salem Massachusetts.   My father actually inspired me the most.  He wrote a book based on his experience in Vietnam.  He caught the attention of one of the big publishing houses but he missed finishing in time and they passed.  My dad had a couple of struggles in finishing his book.   He worked to take care of his family and my father is dyslexic.  Having a son with dyslexia and seeing how difficult it is for him on so many levels, really opened my eyes to how difficult it must have been for my dad to write a true story with that disability.   To me that is an accomplishment in itself.  Watching my son deal with his insecurities with having dyslexia makes my heart hurt and to know that my father who back then went undiagnosed all through school and then to write a book to me is a huge undertaking and is for anybody who suffers with it. I guess I would say they both are a big inspiration to me.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No, I don’t take any notes when watching a movie.  The last time I took notes when reading was when I was in college. 

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later? 

Years later in life I decided I wanted to share a few stories.  Before I made that decision, I have always worked and tried different things.  I have trained and shown horses in jumping and dressage, I worked in management in the investment industry and I used to live on a ranch in south Texas.  I would say I am well rounded! 

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?   

Right now, no.  I am staying home with my youngest minion who just turned a year old.  When I go back to working again, there is no telling what I will get into. 

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

A few tips for me that helped me are once you start writing your story, try to write everyday and finish the first draft in three months and then continue polishing it until it is ready for the editor.  I took too long to write my first book, because of work, having my youngest and my husband was promoted and we had less than a month to sell the house and move to another state.  All wonderful things, but it was difficult for me to get going again.  I stopped writing for a year with all the changes. 

Some writers write with their readers only in mind.  For me, I write what I want to write.  I consider the readers in terms of making sure that what ever it is I am trying to convey comes through and I always take the feedback.  At the end of the day though, not everyone is going to like what one author writes, or they may not like the style or even the story.  All I could offer for advice if anyone asked, is stay true to yourself, work to improve your craft and love what you write and hopefully most readers will love it too. 

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

 Define unimportant?  Unimportant is subjective I would imagine.  Some things just can’t be avoided and interrupt writing.  Coming from the investment industry where I was commission only, well I learned quickly how to prioritize time and made sure to get things done.   I try to treat my writing schedule in the same way.  That old saying a busier person gets more done I believe is true.  So, I am always busy doing something and that tends to drive everything else I am focused on getting accomplished.  I feel that remaining flexible and making adjustments to compensate for lost time to write when I am interrupted is what enables me to stick to my goals.

What hours do you write best?

  For me there isn’t really a time in the day that I write best.  The best circumstance for me to write is when it is quiet and I know that I am not going to be interrupted which is during the week when school and work is going on or when my youngest naps are the best times. 

How often do you write? 

 I write every day.  Every once in a while, I take a day or two away from writing, but for the most part I am writing something every day. 

Are you an avid reader? 

 Before I began writing, yes.  I still read a lot but not near as much as I used to. I think once my youngest gets a little bigger and some of my projects slow a bit, I will be able to read as much as I used too.

What are you reading now?  

I tend to bounce around reading books simultaneously.  I am reading Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles at the moment and I just finished Clock Work Angel by Cassandra Clare.

What are you currently working on?

I am now finished with the third book to the series, Fairy Nymphs & The Demon Court.  I am nearly finished with the fourth and last book to the series now.  

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