1. Do you write full time or do you have a day job?
Like most authors, I would love to be able to write full time. But when I’m not writing, I’m a dental assistant…and a mom.
2. What’s your dream job?
I would love to be a driver in a car commercial. Or a television announcer… the ones that say, “Tonight on Grey’s Anatomy.” I’m told I have a nice voice. (although not when it comes to singing.
3. Where did you grow up?
4. Are you from a large family?
I’m the youngest of four – one brother and two sisters.
5. What was the last book you read?
Fifty Shades of Grey. That was a while ago, though. I don’t get to read nearly as much as I’d like to.
6. What was the last movie you saw?
Blank Panther… several times.
7. Did you like school when you were younger?
I didn’t dislike it. High school was great. I went to an all-girls Catholic high school. Not my choice, but I did enjoy it. The only thing I resented is not being able to go to my prom. We were not allowed to attend if we didn’t have a date. This was dumb for two reasons: Why would you encourage teenage girls to focus on having a date instead of just having a good time with their classmates? And it was an ALL-GIRLS school. Where the heck were we supposed to whip up some dates?
8. What were your favorite classes?
I don’t remember having any favorites in elementary school. In high school I really liked psychology, sociology and chemistry. Latin was my least favorite, but again, looking back, I’m glad I studied it. By the time I went to college I really enjoyed algebra. I still do. I love solving for “X”. I like any math, really.
9. Do you ever suffer from writers’ block?
In a way… but not really. You can read about it here.
10. What made you decide to join the Navy?
My grades in high school hadn’t been anything to write home about, so I didn’t think I’d get into a decent college. I also really wanted a break from the same boring routine. The Navy was new, different and adventurous.
11. What does success as an author mean to you?
Well multiple published books and a hefty bank account would be lovely, but honestly, I’d consider myself successful when people recognize and enjoy my work. When readers – other than friends or family – discuss my characters or a particular scene in one of my stories, or if someone comes to my table at a book signing and they’re already familiar with my name or my work, then I’ll consider myself successful.