Book Title: Drama Queen Rules
Book Price: $19.95 print, $7.99 kindle
I hear your book has received some great reviews. Please share one with us.
What do you feel is the best aspect about Drama Queen Rules? I think the best thing about Drama Queen Rules is that it is a story about a woman a lot of us know. Lainey family always has some opinion about the things she wants to do. Her boyfriend Skip is borderline criminal and lazy as a pet coon. She works as a waitress and scratches her way through college to earn her a degree that fits her for an administrative job in a nursing home. She’s pretty familiar to the folks I know.
It sounds like you’re book could be a big hit. How do you go about promoting it? I tell everyone about Drama Queen and ask people who have read it to post interviews and reviews in their part of the web. I go out and show the book and talk about it at community events and schedule signings where I can.
I see you’ve written several other titles. Tell us about a couple of them. Wow… My historical The Last Priestess was nominated for an Eppi. My biggest project is a historical series centered on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and follows a family of women descended from a young girl who comes to the colony as an indentured servant in Chesapeake Harvest, subsequent volumes deal with prejudice as her grandaughter is banished from the settlement because she has a Native American parent in Chesapeake Destiny. The third volume deals with domestic abuse in Chesapeake Legacy.
How do you feel you’ve grown as an author with each new book? I think each story makes me more sure of myself as a storyteller. I love the work and can’t imagine doing anything else. When I read anything, I am more aware of the way an author uses words and all this input helps me make the stories richer and more real.
Do you have any wisdom you’d like to pass down to new authors? I would tell a new author to do their homework, to learn to produce pristine manuscripts and not to give up because of rejections. I collected a three-inch stack of rejection letters that ended up in a friend’s bonfire. I also worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer, which helped me to understand that a writer’s block is not necessary. My deadline was 9 a.m. and if I covered a meeting the night before, that meant I had to be at my desk by 6 a.m. in order to make that deadline. I highly recommend the experience and would tell any writer to work with the news at some point in his or her career.
“You’re a storyteller?” She squinted at me with a raptor’s quizzical gaze.