Some of my highlights
I’m a novelist, wife and mommy to five-year-old twin boys. While earning my bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at Old Dominion University and a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I did a little bit of everything to pay the bills.
I’ve been a gas station attendant, waitress, dancing waitress, beer girl, shot girl, bartender, closing coordinator, executive assistant, medical assistant, EMT, content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor, copywriter, weight loss coach and publishing consultant.
Through it all, though, what I really wanted to be was a novelist. It’s been a very long, and sometimes difficult road, but in 2011, I finally began living my dream with the release of my debut thriller, NEVER SMILE AT STRANGERS.
To date, NEVER SMILE AT STRANGERS has earned a place on the USA Today Bestseller’s list, the #1 spot (across all categories) on Amazon.com, the #1 spot (across all categories) in the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, the #1 spot in several mystery subcategories—and has appeared in the Kindle Store’s Top 100 list in several countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia and Brazil.
In 2014, Thomas & Mercer acquired the rights to NEVER SMILE AT STRANGERS and re-released it in January 2015. They also bought the rights to my second novel, UGLY YOUNG THING, which released in March 2015. Ugly Young Thing has seen similar International success, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Thomas & Mercer bought the rights to two new novels of mine in 2015—the third in the Strangers series, DON’T SAY A WORD, which will release on May 3, 2016 as well as a standalone thriller called THE STRANGER INSIDE, releasing in May 2017.
I use a personal version of the Pomodoro Technique, scheduling 30-40 minute writing blocks with 5-20 minute breaks in between. I use the breaks to clean, cook, bake, exercise, take care of laundry, pay bills, and handle some marketing or administrative work.
I force myself to sit and write. If it’s still not coming, I’ll switch gears and edit for a while.
They just come to me for the most part. Some come to me much more developed than others.
Pretty good. 🙂 I know that no book will ever be perfect – and I have to be okay with that. Learning that took me a long time though.
When I was very young. I loved to read and often dreamt of writing books of my own.
I am! It’s a standalone called The Killing Kind and will be released by Thomas & Mercer on May 3, 2017.
I studied a little. I went to a writer’s retreat, took courses online and read dozens of writing books. But the best education I received was reading other writers’ work.
I used to. But these days I realize how fortunate I am to be writing full-time, so I only let myself think positive thoughts about it. 🙂
Seriously–it’s a dream come true.
Way too many. I’m currently working on that.
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