Words of advice for fellow writers in the trenches: It’s simple. Read, read, read, write—and never give up. Dream all day long until you fall asleep—and then dream more.
A bit more about both books…
The Suicide Gene
She thought they were her siblings. By the time she realized they weren’t, one of them was dead.
Doctor Emma Kerr had no right counseling them. Adopted and her birth records lost, she believed she was born a McKinney. Her face, intelligence, and depression resembled theirs. For years people mistook her for their sister. So, she devised a plan. What begins as a scheme to counsel the McKinney family and determine if they are blood relatives, quickly causes Emma to wonder if she had truly done the manipulating. Is someone following her?
Now Emma clamors to escape the McKinney world of domination and deception.
Is she Mathew McKinney’s sister? She can’t be. Is he in love with her? He can’t be. Then how do he and his sisters know more about her than she knows herself? This is a game to them. Is the game Suicide? Or Murder?
Dream Wide Awake
Three boys are missing. Six-year-old Mikala Daly can see the spirit of one of those boys. She knows she can find and save the other two. But will her father let her?
One of the best detectives in town, Mikala’s father, Jack Daly, searches frantically for the abducted boys. Years before, Jack married into a family rumored to see people on the other side. Jack didn’t believe in their psychic abilities until that gift—curse—befell his daughter.
Now Mikala relays her dreams to him, and he struggles to keep her visions secret. Is he risking her life? He works to find the boys before the kidnapper locates Mikala or government officials force her into the secret American remote-viewing program—Project Dream of Area 51.
Oxford comma, yes or no? yes
Ice cream? Vanilla smothered in Hershey’s chocolate
Coffee or tea or wine? Coffee (my husband’s sweet homemade wine is a close second)
What does your desk look like? OMG don’t ask. Before I quit my job to write, Sharon called my office the black hole.
What is your writing vice or must-haves? Coffee, my laptop, and either a big window or a table outside
Describe a perfect writing day. I have two, both involve being up by 6 am, then: 1) coffee and laptop outside on the deck at Presque Isle State Park in Erie Pennsylvania to write a few hours, break to run five or six miles with friends, then back to the deck for more coffee (and a little chocolate) to write the day away, or 2) coffee beside two large windows in Redondo Beach, California to write about six hours, spend the rest of the day with my daughter and granddaughter running, playing, and gathering life memories.
What are some of your go-to methods for writing? Listening to Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli or watching Emma Stone perform The Fools Who Dream in LaLa Land. (Both make me cry every time.)
In an alternate reality, what would be your dream job (besides author)? Writing novels is my dream job, but a side job of being paid to hike would be nice.
Since I'm a hiker/travel-lover, what's your favorite place you've visited? The Peek-a-boo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon, Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, Fiery Furnace in Arches, Andrew’s Bald in the Smoky Mountains…I could go on…
You have a time travel machine. Do you go to the past of future? And where/when? Ah, the future, of course, fifty years from now, when my granddaughter, Layla Grace, is president.
What do you like to do when not writing? Hike or run with family and friends—and sing “You Can be Anything” by Old Dominion to sweet little Layla Grace.
Beach, lake, or mountains? Mountains
If you could meet one famous person, living or dead, who would it be? Emma Stone, so I could convince her to play a character in one of my books.