What made you want to write?
I have wanted to write since my early twenties but I wasn’t serious. I considered it a “someday” goal.
I started a dog website in 2008 to share my training knowledge and blog about my, then current, German shepherd Bruno who was in declining health. Writing articles for the website gave me the push to write and publish eight dog related books mostly focused on training, behavior and health issues.
My original dog site evolved into germanshepherdcountry.com where I still enjoy writing about dog related topics and interacting with dog lovers on social media.
From dog training books I ventured into children’s fiction with The Pup Pup Series. While awaiting and planning for the arrival of my new German shepherd puppy, my three year old great niece began to ask a lot of questions about the new puppy. This is how the Pup Pup books came about. The Pup Pup books are stand-alone short picture stories geared to teach children the responsibilities of owning a dog, along with fun and educational lessons about holidays and events.
My newly released book, “Sincerely, The Boss!” is my first adult fiction novel. With this project I wanted to create something I would want to read, a storyline with strong characters and plot twists that would keep me guessing and keep me turning the pages. I was fortunate to work with Wahida Clark (4-times New York Times Best Selling Author) and her team who helped make this book better than I had imagined and a reality for me.
What is your favourite book to date?
Ohhh…I can’t answer that question because I have so many. Also, if I am digging a book, series, or author, I tend to commit and fall hard into whatever I am currently reading.
What was your favourite book growing up?
Another tough question because I can’t pinpoint just one.
In grade school I devoured all of the Hardy Boy books and loved Judy Blume’s coming of age books like, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”
In junior high I fell in with Stephen King, began to sneak my mom’s Jackie Collin’s books and discovered V.C. Andrews, “My Sweet Audrina” and “Flowers In The Attic”.
Your first book: where were you when the idea came to you?
Sincerely, The Boss was a process. There is not a specific place and time where I had a light bulb moment and knew what the end result would be.
Once I committed to myself that I was really going to write an adult fiction novel, I began to work on the story in my head. I then spent a couple of weeks outlining the story and the characters and doing some research. The story changed very early on when I decided I wanted to develop a series versus a standalone book.
Where is your ideal writing space?
My ideal writing space would be on a warm tropical beach with strong Wi-Fi, unlimited battery life for my laptop, and cold adult beverages.
Realistically, my writing occurs mostly on my couch late at night.
If you were to go to any library or bookstore in the world, where would you go?
Shakespeare and Company (Paris)
Livraria Lello (Porto, Portugal)
If you were to find someone reading your book anywhere, where would it be?
I don’t have a sexy answer to this question. I envision Sincerely, The Boss being read by ordinary women who are looking to escape into a good book that has plot twists, suspense and spicy romance. These sisters are reading when and wherever they have a chance to fit it into their busy lives. Maybe they are reading a few chapters over morning coffee, during their lunch break, while they wait in an office for an appointment, at the end of the day before bedtime, or maybe the book will be consumed in one sitting on a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
What do you love about reading and/or writing the most?
I love writing anything dog related because I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge of dogs with others. Writing fiction is a creative outlet that allows you to have no rules. You can make up people and places and plots that have nothing or everything to do with your own personal experiences. If your writing is good enough you can take others with you on your journey and entertain them for a few hours.
Check out Sincerely, The Boss here.
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