What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
Rainstorm is a contemporary romance, set on a ranch near the small, fictitious town of Deer Creek, Wyoming, which, in the book, is just south of Sheridan. It’s taking a second chance at the first love of your life, and what I believe is the true meaning of Rainstorm. You’ll love the little dog, Maggie. She has her own point of view periodically throughout the book. Even though it’s considered a contemporary romance, I call it a love story, because…….that’s what it is.
What inspired you to write this book?
I honestly don’t know. It just happened. The title was just there, and for some unknown reason, the story followed.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’ve lived in Iowa most of my life except for 7 years from 1985 to 1992 when I lived in California. I’ve been a songwriter for over twenty-five years, and have written/composed over a hundred songs. I just never felt any need to publish them. It was more of getting my thoughts down, be it from something sad, a broken heart (usually the case), or something wrong with the world I figured I could fix, at least with words, or a point I wanted to make. I play guitar and keyboard, and I love animals.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I had no idea i would write a novel. My first book, The Color of Tears, was written from many years of thoughts that continually crept into my head when I lived in California. I’d sit by the ocean and dream these ‘dream stories’. It wasn’t until I had been back in Iowa for thirteen years, when I finally told my best friend my story. She said, “why don’t you write it.” I said, “I’m a songwriter. I don’t know how to write a book.” She said, “Try” so………I did. I don’t regret it. Sadly to say, my wonderful best friend lost her battle with cancer Nov. 17, 2009. She left me with one of the greatest gifts I never imagined…..my novels, and a dream I never thought I could make happen. Rainstorm is dedicated to her.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Getting started. I have to go into songwriting mode to do it. From then on, it’s a piece of cake. I thrive on seeing where the story will take me. I also don’t claim to be a professional writer. I’m just a writer who writes what is in my heart.
What part of the country, or world, do your books take place?
Glad you suggested that question. My first book The Color of Tears takes place in Billings, Montana. Rainstorm is in Wyoming, and Edge of a Dream is in a town called Bridger, Montana. Montana and Wyoming are my favorite states and I go there as much as I can, especially Wyoming. It’s a feel good kind of place, so therefore, my books locale is in that part of the country.
How do you do research for your books?
Mainly on the internet.
Did you learn anything from writing this book?
Yes, I did.
Don’t settle, especially when it comes to falling in love. Also, never stop dreaming, or wishing, or wanting something, even if it seems impossible. I don’t believe in impossible dreams. Even if your heart breaks when you’ve reached that ‘impossible dream, that’s ok. Be grateful you can, and did feel. Be glad you have a heart. Some people don’t.
What are you reading now?
My third book, Edge of a Dream. I just happen to like it…..a lot.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, I am. Edge of a Dream, is rapidly becoming my favorite. I am still proofing it before I send it to be edited. This is a story of the younger man/older woman (by eight years) senario, a love story, and, in my ‘book’, quite amazing. It was brought up in an email with the gal who edits my manuscripts. I had said that you don’t read very many books about that. Most of them are the normal, or even younger woman with an older men. She agreed and said, “I’d like to see you knock that right out of the ballpark.” I think I did.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Research, and follow your heart. As the saying goes, (something I wrote, actually): Life’s a chance—take it.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
You can go to Amazon, click on my name, and then go to the author page. There are three blogs on my books, and a bio of myself. Also: