When did you start writing?
I was raised in the country near Princeton, Indiana and moved to Vincennes as an adult where I taught school for 34 years. I actually began writing on Jan. 1 of 2013.
Why do you write?
My first book, Embracing Your Best Self, was actually intended to be a way for me to collect my thoughts and awareness then share with anyone who might benefit. It led to the second book, Confronting Your Best Self. It was at this time I co-authored a political fiction novel, but while I enjoyed the experience greatly, it was not a genre I wanted to pursue. I wrote the third in the series titled, Balancing Your Best Self….
I had a young friend on Facebook, from Scotland, contact me about writing a book for her.. after considering it, I decided to do a series under the umbrella, Sadie’s Great Adventures. It contains 4 books, Sadie and Lexie, Sadie and Lexie Rescue Chloe, Sadie’s New Friends, and Sadie Meets a Monarch. They are available individually or bound together. The illustrations are line drawings so the book is also used as a coloring book so kids can get immersed in the story to its fullest. I also have published 2 romance novellas: Shades of Love and Cream in My Coffee.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I generally write at my home, but a couple of my books, and the co-authored novel was written , probably 80% at Panera Bread. I read at least one book a day, and have for years. I couldn’t do that when I was teaching and raising my children, but it was a dream of mine to be able to read as much and as often as I wanted to, so that dream is one I live daily.
What is the last book that you couldn’t put down until it was finished?
If I can put a book down, I don’t ever finish it. By that I mean, I sit and read and don’t put any book down unless I just can’t get into it at all. When I write any of my books, I begin with sending out a message into the Universe…. Do not let this be a book that people put down and wonder – Why did I spend my time reading that??!! I want my writing to be enjoyed and I want people to get reading pleasure from them. I also hope in the case of my “Best Self” books that they genuinely help those who read them. I tend to like mysteries best.
If you could spend the day with any writer past or present who would it be and why?
I think the author I would most like to talk to would be Margaret Truman. Her mysteries are probably the best I have ever read and I think she would be just a very interesting person to talk with.
What is your next book project?
I am currently working on Book 4 in the Best Self Series, .. Accepting Your Best Self… I am working on a romance novel… I am getting a Young Artist Series of children’s books together that will be utilizing local high school, middle school, and college illustrators. I have written 7 stories and found 3 artists so far who have begun working. I feel it will give the young artists a tremendous opportunity and will help build their portfolio and resume as they pursue a career. I work with art teachers and in one of the books, there is a lot of community involvement… In that book, Wonders of Muscatatuck.. adults are providing the observations of nature and high school students are doing the artwork s part of their classes… truly an amazing experience and I am only compiling the work, so it give me a chance to really hone my publishing skills in my small Indy publishing co…. Hedgehog Hill Press…..
I am still looking for young artists who would like this opportunity, so if anyone knows of an interested young person, I hope they will contact me through my website.
What else would you like to share with fellow Hoosier Authors and fans?
I am available for speaking engagements and presentations. I am a talk show host on 2 radio stations, one locally which can be streamed on Friday evenings at 6 pm… at www.1240whbu.com and the other, an hour show on www.tmhradio.com – The Magic Happens Radio – which can be listened to on Thursday or Sunday. The show on both stations is called A Look at the Bright Side and I have featured several local authors and artists on the show.
Where can we connect with you?
I can be reached through my website www.nzbestself.com.