1. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
Personally, writing ghost/fiction presents the opportunity to share my own experiences. While my book(s) are based on true hauntings, the readers may find the answers to some questions they may have about spirits or the after-life.
2. How important is research to you when writing a book?
On a scale of 1-10, research is a 10. My search started in seeking out and recording the spirit sightings years before I ever started the writings. Once I did start, everything related to the late 1800’s, (from slavery to fashion), needed to be researched to complete my book .
3. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I actually started out writing gospel song lyrics,(telling stories of the bible), and thought at the time that would be my career- path. It wasn’t until 2011, while working in a facility that my encounters with spirits were constant. I took the night shift to get more involved and recorded the sightings and communication. During my stay, I decided it was time to write a book and share my long-life experiences with the dead.
4. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I do have a set schedule. I wake up at 3:30 every morning. After my first cup of coffee, I start writing or work on something related until around 7:00.
5. Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
I believe so. Though I am a people-person, my time spent with others is very limited. I enjoy my privacy. It gives me time to reflect, dream, and concentrate on my own matters.
6. Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
My book has been placed on the back burner too many times. I started writing in 2011. When I thought it was time to publish, I went through a divorce. Then I started back up with my plan and was told I had cancer. Lastly, I remarried my husband from 30 years prior and it was left stagnated once again. This past winter, I decided it was time, and April 17th of this year, my book finally got published.
7. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
Very important. The title and cover gives instant insight to the story. I wanted to be able to show the evilness of the spirit of Briar Green. After intense research, I was pleased to find the perfect picture expressing his features on bookcoverdesigner.com.
8. Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?
Yes, I do. The first thing seen is the book cover. Readers are going to decide right away if the picture catches their interest. Without a good book cover, the book is not going to sell.
9. Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?
I love reading and replying to my viewers. They are best fans and critics. It has been really helpful hearing their opinion about my book. I have even made changes to the story because of their comments.
10. Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
My style is a little different from other writers. My book(s) are written in a screen-play fashion, instead of a traditional one. The reason being, there are so many characters and I wanted to omit the “he says, she replies…” Also the dialect for the era is used for the servants in my book. I want to relate the true essence of their being.
11. Do your novels carry a message?
Yes, they do. I want people to understand that we live in a spiritual world of good and evil. After we leave this world of the flesh, we have another world of the spirit. Our bodies may die, but our spirit lives on forever. I believe this information should give one peace of mind and not look at death as the end of life, but the beginning of everlasting life.
12. Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
The series’ The Ghost of Greenbriar,” is based solely on my true-life experiences, as well as those close to me. I have shared ghost stories my entire life and want to use as many seen and heard as possible in my books.
13. How realistic are your books?
I believe those who have experience similar encounters can truly relate to my writings . For those that may have not, I think it will rouse their curiosity more-so and will allow them to seek out in hopes of such encounters.
14. Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
My books are dedicated to believers and skeptics as well. I want teach others the understandings the spiritual world, and what we have to look forward to after-death.
15. Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?
Yes, I do. The servants in my book, “The Ghost of Greenbriar/ Slave-Master,” carry a certain dialect. In order to make them seem real, I had to write the way they talked in that era of the late 1800’s in southern Kentucky.
16. If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?
I would choose non-fiction. Not only am I a clairvoyant medium, but I also have practiced tarot card reading for over 40 years. I am also a Reiki Master, practitioner and teacher specializing in crystals. I have considered writing on these subjects to teach others how to perform these tactics. Who knows—maybe one day I will.
17. Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
I need my privacy to write, so therefore a certain area in the house is used for my writing.
18. If you die today, how would want the world to remember you?
I would like the world to remember me as a teacher and healer. Teaching people things beyond our understanding has always been a focus in my life, and through this knowledge one can also learn to heal themselves through the powers of the universe. I truly believe this has been my sole purpose on earth.
19. What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
The advice I would give is; never give up. Have faith in yourself and your work and accept your struggles as a beautiful work in progress.
20. Now when you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished?
I do feel accomplished. When I look back on the past, I realize that I have come so far, not only as an author, but also as a person. Each step I take forward is a step closer to my goals.