Where do you live?
I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois and at the age of seventeen I moved to Kentucky. I love it here!
How did you become a writer?
I’ve been a photographer for many years and I love it. I can show you what I see through my lens but I couldn’t tell a story. I wasn’t sure how to do that with my camera and if I’m going to be honest; being a writer never came to mind.
I’ve always kept notes or journals with my dreams. When I was a little girl, I was told to write down my dreams. I had a lot of nightmares and I didn’t want to remember them, but keeping a diary seemed to help. Eventually I stopped writing them down. As I grew older, I didn’t have as many nightmares and there was no need for them. That all changed a few years ago, when our family was on vacation in Florida.
I woke up at 4am from a horrible dream. I couldn’t get it off my mind, so I did the only thing I knew; I took notes, then went back to sleep. After vacation, the dream stayed on my mind and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with it. It kept nagging at me. I decided to write it down with more detail. I knew the beginning and the end of the dream and some in the middle. But how did the dream get from ‘A’ to ‘B’? What I had actually written was a 50 page draft. There’s a reason for everything and I firmly believe it. That’s how 90 Miles to Freedom was born. It took me nearly two years to write.
Publishing never entered my mind until I finished writing The Magic of Finkleton. I didn’t have any special writing skills, so I studied, joined forums and did my research.
The Magic of Finkleton was another idea from a dream. From start to finish (with editing) it took about three months to write. I’m currently working on the sequel Return to Finkleton. I’ve also written the first chapter in the third book. I couldn’t resist!
What are your future writing plans?
The Finkleton series will have at least three books. I have plans for several more books and my notes are patiently waiting! Writing has opened up another door entirely. I love it. Not only can I tell a story through words, but I can show you in your mind. I see my stories like a movie playing in my head. All I have to do is describe it.
What do you like to read?
I enjoy reading different genres and I adore historical romance and YA. I’ve never had the chance to read the Harry Potter series. My kids found out and they bought me the entire set for Christmas last year. But I refuse to read them until I’ve finished writing the Finkleton series. I don’t want anything to spill over into my stories.
Tell us about The Magic of Finkleton cover.
I especially had fun coming up with the idea for the Finkleton book cover. Since the book is set in a time during horse drawn carriages, I wanted that old feeling of long ago. I started looking through stock photos of backgrounds, then I found parchment paper and it was perfect. I loved the burned/aged edging. In one of my photography programs, I found a font that looked like wood and I wanted something similar to keep with that old feeling. The book designer did a wonderful job. We then had to incorporate the hourglass and a few other items. Because the title had the word ‘magic’ in it, the designer sprinkled some stars around for an added touch.
The Magic of Finkleton (Finkleton, Book #1)
90 Miles to Freedom
Return to Finkleton (Finkleton, Book #2) – Coming Spring 2012