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What are you working on now?
A New Adult title that’s set in Maine. It will be released in February 2014.
Is it a standalone book?
Yes, but it will be a part of a 3-book series. The series won’t have to be read in order, but they will include many of the same characters.
-SEDUCTIVE SHADOWS and SEDUCTIVE SECRECY-
What inspired Seductive Shadows?
I was watching TV one day and Eyes Wide Shut happened to come on. I was inspired by the masks they wore in that movie and everything else – the plot, the arc, the twists – just fell into place.
Will there be a third book?
At this time, no.
-MEMOIRS AREN’T FAIRYTALES and SCARS FROM A MEMOIR-
What inspired you to write Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales?
Someone really close to me overdosed. I felt like I’d been hit by a train. I know when it comes to addiction this is something you should expect, but nothing can prepare you for that phone call. Nothing. The other addicts in my life weren’t doing much better—yes, I have several addicts in my life. Addiction was all over the news and appeared on several of the TV shows I watched. It was mentioned on the radio. There was a billboard in my town that advertised a rehab clinic and I drove past it twice a day. Everyone I talked to used the word addiction in some form or another. Were these signs? I had to believe it was more than a coincidence.
After that phone call, I was in pain. I cried. A lot. I shared my feelings with the people around me until I ran out of things to say. But the pain was still there. Writing had always been a release, so I took a notebook and pen, and poured my soul onto the paper. A few hours later, I reread my words and it wasn’t in diary form or an account of the overdose. I had something here. I’d written the first chapter of a—novel? And so it began…
Why the title, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, since this is a fictional account?
The line, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, appears in my novel. As soon as I wrote it, I knew it had to be the title. It fits the story perfectly; it’s confusing, intriguing, and catchy. The novel is very much written like a memoir. The first person narrative allows the readers to get close to the protagonist, feel her pain, exhale her breath, carry the weight of her past and future.
I don’t believe in fairytales and happy endings only happen during…
How did you research?
There are websites that are dedicated to addicts, a place for them to describe the drugs they use, the high, and the consequences. Those were helpful. Watching hundreds of documentaries on addiction and reading 20+ memoirs were also part of my research. But the biggest source of my information came directly from the voices of addiction. Most of the addicts I interviewed were high. They were dumping the heroin onto a spoon, liquefying the powder, and shooting it into their veins while I was in their presence. Within a few seconds of pulling the needle out—because that’s how long it takes to get high—my questions began. How did they feel? What did they see? What was running through their head? I don’t condone their behavior and I’m not encouraging drug use, but I was in their presence for a reason: to get information. And that’s exactly what I did.
Are you an expert in addiction?
I’m not a doctor, counselor, or addict. I’m an advocate for addiction recovery.