She attended PU, UCO, and is a graduate of OU and is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, OWFI, Oklahoma Women Bloggers, and OWL. There is always another story weaving around in her brain trying to come out.
Tell us about your background. Who you are, where you are from?
I live in my hometown of Enid, Oklahoma with my husband and dog. I have worked for the Air Force and as a Legal Assistant. Now that I am retired, there are no excuses for not writing the books I always wanted to write.
What themes does your book explore and what do you hope the readers will take away from the experience? Is there a particular feeling or experience that you hope to evoke in the reader?
My book Secrets of Sandhill Island is a great beach read. It is full of mystery and suspense and involves a mature romance. No one on the tourist islands off the coast of Corpus Christi is what it seems. The mysteries follow several generations and culminate in a hurricane. As the hurricane gathers strength so does the suspense. I like to think that I explore the feelings of the characters and not just the action. I want the reader to empathize with the characters. However, there is a bloody murder on page one.
What prompted you to be an author and did you have a specific inspiration in mind? Did a certain person, artist, or genre influence you?
Like most authors, I loved literature more than any other subject in school. I am a big reader of the classics and I think my favorite classic author has always been Hemmingway. However, Steinbeck is a close second.
If you could compare your book to any other existing works, which ones would they be and why?
I love Anita Shreve who wrote several books – including an Oprah choice The Pilot’s Wife – that were set in a large beach house off the coast of New England. The house has held many occupants over the years and they each had a story to tell. I love her sweet, yet suspenseful way of telling a story that keeps you guessing.
Tell us about your latest work and what inspired you.
I also write other genres and my latest one is a pre-teen book called Glome’s Valley. It is set in southeast Oklahoma at the Heavener Runestone. I think of it as a modern-day Peter Pan type fantasy with cell phones and Viking ghosts. It is a fun romp through the forest for a boy and his new friends. It was inspired by my grandson, and fascinated by the Heavener Runestone.
My pulp fiction book The Apocalypse Sucks is a dark comedy about survival and friendship. My main characters now live in the corporate office they used to work in. Since a virus has taken out most of mankind, and the few that are left have morphed into something else, it is a dangerous journey just traveling to the mall for a new bra. I have a quirky sense of humor and the novel was originally inspired by my short story “Bra Wars.”