Lipstick & Danger

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Welcome everyone! I’m thrilled that you stopped by.
Did I say thrilled? That must be because I’m an action-adventure writer with
lots of suspense mixed in. I’m now charting new territory with a children’s
book, There’s a Superhero in the Library.  After you finish the questions posed to me I
hope you’ll hop over to some other writers I know. Melissa M. Frye and Kat
O’Reilly are from Arkansas who have been writing for some time. Amanda Buxton
and Lori Robinett are Missouri writers. Then there’s a new writer named Willy
Robbins. I’m sure you’ll find them as interesting as I do.
are you working on right now?

Currently I’ve signed with Mirror Publishing for my
first children’s book called There’s a Superhero in the Library. All
of us have been affected at some time with a loved one being diagnosed with
cancer. We rarely take into consideration how the little ones around us feel
when their teacher becomes ill with this disease. I took a real life story and
turned it into a book. Don’t worry! As sad as it sounds there’s a happy ending.
I’m hoping children and adults can relate to this experience.
The other project I’m working on is the sequel the
thriller An Unlikely Hero. My heroine is once again up to her eyeballs
in trouble. I’ve had to pull in some resources from the medical profession to
help me save the president’s life. I’ve also been able to interview some
survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. They are all tied together
at the end. Archway Publishing is taking a look at the first chapter.
does it differ from other works in its genre?

We don’t usually consider cancer to be a very good
topic to talk about with children. I believe most of us would just rather not
think about it. Every time I read it out loud I tear up. It’s just such a
personal story for me. I usually write from the gut not the heart. I couldn’t
step outside myself because it was a true story. Thankfully my friend beat
cancer! It offers hope, humor and real life drama. I hope everyone will laugh
when they read it.
is the hardest part about writing?

I know everyone says it but social media is a real
“time suck” for me. I get caught up in reading everyone’s post, tweet, and so
on that before I know it I’ve wasted an hour or two of writing time. Knowing
how important it is to stay connected to people so my name will get out there
still bogs me down some days.
does your writing process work?

Lots of coffee! Then I also have a room set aside in
my house that is my office and work area. My writing books, research, travel
mementos, music and pictures are kept there. I surround myself with inspiration
for those times when I write myself into a corner. My little dog, Lulu, stays
close by to keep me company. There isn’t a particular part of the day that is
better for me to create. I do need music to write. My favorite kind of music is
movie soundtracks, classical, video game soundtracks and world. I don’t usually
listen to the same soundtracks for everything I write. Different characters
demand their own music scores.
are the authors you most admire?

I have read all of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Daniel
Silva, James Rollins and Steve Berry. I’m working through all of the David
Baldacci, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Lee Child and Clive Cussler, although
I’ve read a great many of them as well. In children’s books I love all the old
Sweet Pickles series as well as Frog and Toad. Friendship is a wonderful thing.
The Bernstein Bears taught my children many lessons they probably would have
ignored if I had tried to instill the same thing. Having said that, the writers
at Sleuths’ Ink and Ozarks Romance Authors have done more to encourage and
support me than I ever thought possible. I adore them.
folks! Time to BLOG HOP! Ready? Go!

0 Responses

  1. I can't wait to get your children's book. That sounds so interesting. And I LOVE your HERO book. That's gonna be a great series for you.

  2. Your picture book sounds inspiring and I love the title. Congrats on tackling a tough topic for kids. I hope you're enjoying the publishing process and especially watching the illustrator bring your words to life. I thought it was thrilling. I'm excited to read it.

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