- What type of books do you write? Suspense
- What is your latest or upcoming
Dark Side of Valor is about a former teen-aged runaway, turned child
advocate, Lelia Freeman. When she is summoned to Washington to serve
on a subcommittee that aids children of a war-torn, African nation, she
stumbles onto sinister political secrets. She is kidnapped overseas
and must depend on a tall, dark handsome stranger to save her life.
But he has secrets of his own.
- What inspired you to write it? Dark Side
of Valor started off being a totally different novel. Initially, I
did not choose to write about teen runaways and teen homelessness.
The novel was originally about a woman held captive in a foreign
country and she needed to escape back to the United States. So, I
began to research runaways from foreign lands. Every time I’d type
in the search parameters, books, reports and articles popped up about teen
runaways and homeless teens. After several hours, I gave up and read
one of the articles, then another, then a report, then a life account.
After about an hour, I was sitting in front of the library computer
blubbering. As I finished reading, I had to write their stories and
out of their stories, Lelia Freeman was born.
- What did you do before you became
My husband and I have owned a commercial cleaning service for 11 years.
Prior to that, I was a registered nurse.
- How does it feel to be a published
Any advice for struggling writers? It feels marvelous! I started my
writing career in 1994. My first book contract came in 2011.
Through years of meeting agent after agent, shaking hands with
editor after editor and getting rejection after rejection I became
frustrated and discouraged, but I never gave up. If writing is your
passion, stick with it and keep the faith. While you are waiting for
your contract, continue to learn the craft of writing and learn it well.
Always seek ways to educate yourself on how to become a better
writer. Trauma surgeons, professional ballerinas, electrical
engineers, classical pianists, Olympic gymnasts and architects don’t learn
their crafts in a weekend. Neither can great writers. Again,
- Where do you see book publishing
The digital era has taken the industry by storm, but, the tactile
fulfillment of the page will never go out of style.