(Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Where can I buy your books?

A: On Amazon.com and at The Reading Room bookstore in Salmon Run Mall.

Q: How long does it take you to write a book?

A: A Little Company took a couple of years... maybe longer. I kept rewriting and reworking it. It was painstaking, but I knew it was a good story, so I kept at it. Tricked took maybe six months to write, mainly because I was working with an illustrator during the process. Finding My Father took about seven or eight months to complete. My Life With Cats was the fastest I've ever written a book... the hardest part was finding pictures of my old kitties and scanning/ editing them. I wrote that book in just under two months!

Q: Where do you get your ideas?

A: Everywhere! The characters in A Little Company were based on my mother and her brother, who unfortunately had a father much like "Poppa" in my book. I was also inspired by a book I read chronicling the history of the town of Adams, recalling fatal fires, train/ buggy accidents, people who went mad, etc. Also, I have always been fascinated with the Great Depression era. As far as Tricked is concerned, I've always loved Halloween and cemeteries! I used to live in the neighborhood where the story is set.

This old family picture depicts what Pauline and Walter might have looked like.

Q: Do you do your own artwork?

A: No. The artwork in Tricked was done by a very talented artist named Shane Tyree. I found him through Craigslist! 

Q: Why did you choose to self-publish?

A: Because I am #1 a control freak, and #2 very impatient. I didn't want to waste months and maybe even years waiting on replies from publishers and collecting rejection letters! If I get picked up by a "real" publisher, great! Until then, Outskirts gives me total control over the look, content and price of my books, and of course I retain all the rights.

Q: Who are some of your influences?

A: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dr. Seuss... Weird combo, I know!.

Q: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to be a writer?

A: Write Something every day, even if it's just in a journal or blog. Not everything you write has to be "good" or be seen by anyone's eyes but your own. Writer's Digest is a very good magazine with helpful articles, great contests and recommended websites. They also put out Writer's Market books every year with listings of publishers, editors, agents, etc. every year. Also, talk with local authors... most of us are very approachable! Join a book club or a writing workshop.