About the Author
I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design. I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years. My characters face many of these same demons.
I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.
1. Why did you decide to self-publish rather than go with a traditional publishing house?
I started writing without considering how to publish. As my first novel was nearing completion, I told a friend I had found a publisher. Turned out to be a vanity house and my friend directed me to KDP on Amazon, and then when I needed print copies I chose CreateSpace. I’d not be averse to traditional publishing although I’ve been told it’s “not my sandbox.” LOL
2. If you could go to lunch with one of the characters from The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, who would you pick and why? (great question!)
How to pick just one!! I’m gonna say Tierney. She’s got a story (more might show up in The Whispering Winds of Spring) but she speaks French and I want to learn!
3. Who was the hardest character to write in The Tilting Leaves of Autumn? The easiest?
Hardest probably was Fontaine. He’s such a complex character, two sides—before and after—the vile and hateful side was painful and heartbreaking to write.
Easiest was Scarlett because I feel her pain and struggle. I was never physically abused as she was, but the fight to break away from my dysfunctional past.
4. What inspired the idea for The Tilting Leaves of Autumn?
It’s a part of the whole of Seasons. I really met the four main characters as I wrote The Long Shadows of Summer. Scarlett’s story was made evident and took on its own life in the second book.
5. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Tilting Leaves of Autumn?
I want readers to see that God is always with us, no matter our circumstance, that He pursues us in ways that we may not realize, ways that only have meaning to us as He seeks us.
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