Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
A few years ago, I was involved in a car accident which put me on bedrest for 6 months. This was a huge eye-opener in where my life was going as far as my job. I hated it. I’ve always been a writer, but the car accident was a blessing in disguise, and the very thing I never knew I needed to push me into taking a chance on publishing.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I have sneeze attacks when my stomach is full after eating. My husband and kids especially get embarrassed when we’re at restaurants. We hightail it out of there when they see it’s coming.
What are some of your pet peeves?
When people make excuses instead of finding solutions. I also hate being tickled, is that a pet peeve?
Where were you born/grew up at?
Born in Illinois, raised in Florida. I’d go back to Chicago in a heartbeat.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
With my family. It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we were all together.
Who is your hero and why?
Hands down, my dad. He’s gone now, but every choice or decision I face, I constantly remind myself of the lessons he’s taught me. He was a man who fought hard for his dreams, and conquered every one of them. I’ve learned so much from him, but even more after his death. He’s in every book I write so I can always keep him alive in my own way.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
An emotional, giving one. The country would most likely go into debt because all the money would be spent on building extravagant villages for homeless animals and rebuilding cities suffering from poverty.
What are you passionate about these days?
Writing, art, music, my family, making a difference.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Sleep. I either sleep too much or not at all. I have the worst sleeping habits and could fall asleep pretty much anywhere.
How to find time to write as a parent?
We are not just a mom/dad, but our own person with dreams and purposes. When my daughter (or son) gets to be my age with their own children, I want them to see that they are never JUST a mom/dad or JUST a wife/husband. Their dreams are JUST as important as their children’s. It makes it all that much more special to include your children. Show them the process and how much work it takes to get there. Celebrate the small victories together, show them the bad and how to overcome them. Include them in the process. Because I do this, when they see me writing, they know Mom is not JUST working.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less:
This girl is a mystery.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was twelve and I wrote my first book (I still have it!)
Do you have a favorite movie?
No, lol. Pretty much any Bruce Willis movie. I like action, psychological thrillers, horror, crime, murder, romance, etc. The only movies I can’t get into are western.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
All of them. I write them as I would see them in a movie.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
None yet, but I plan to do many!
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
This is hard, probably a can of Red Bull.