How did you know you wanted to be an author? When I was in third grade, I wrote my first poem about flowers on a grave. A year later, when I was 9 years old, I wrote my first short story about a little boy during the American Civil War. Both received recognition, but it wasn’t the recognition that I loved so much as it was knowing I could write something that people could relate to. I guess from that time on I knew I wanted to be an author.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? In the publishing world today it is so difficult to break in. Gone are the days when a major editor at a major publishing house would take a new author by the hand and lead him or her through the mire of getting published and all that goes with it. If you really believe in your work, just keep writing and polishing and writing more. You learn from each thing you write, and you will only improve. When you are ready to submit your work to an agent or publisher, send it to a specific person and keep your cover letter professional. Above all, make sure the manuscript has been edited and is correctly formatted, and follow the submission requirements of the person you are submitting your work to since this varies between agencies and publishers.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I am a morning person, so most of my personal writing is done between 3:30 am and 10 am. My agency and publishing responsibilities take up the rest of my day, along with my three rescue dogs.
What message to you want readers to remember?I have had eleven novels published and most recently two nonfiction true crime books published. All of my fiction and nonfiction tend to have an aspect of the “unexplained.” This is true of life – things happen that simply have no logical explanation.
How can fans get in contact with you?I always answer my emails, and I welcome emails from my fans.