I read the Las Vegas Review Journal every day - the entire paper, every article, letters to the editor and especially enjoy the comics. I love spiritual novels or writing. The last book I read was "The Great Divorce".
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use my book publishers offers to promote my books at book fairs, here in the states and overseas. It is costly, however I usually sign in about 6 times a year. These offers seem to be the only opportunity to market my books effectively. Face book and twitter are poor facilities for getting the word out. Too much chatter!
I have 2 venues twice a year, where I sign and sell books on my own. For Christmas I put my 2 published books in a gift shop. Pleased to say this idea is going well, so far.
Describe your desk
I have a large guest room. I use the east side of the room for my desk, computer, printer, file cabinets and storage space for my art supplies. It is well lit and convenient.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in upper New York State, 9 miles from the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, and the most crystal clear lake in the state, Lake George. The city of Glens Falls is a modern, bustling town, famous for it's dining, entertainment and shopping district. The Autumn season is so colorful, it takes one's breath away. It is a spiritual experience every year, to ride a small cruse ship up the 10 mile length of Lake George to view the colorful red, orange and yellow foliage. Now, I live in the middle of a desert on horse property, with wind, sand, and 120 degree summers, yet I find so much beauty in the surrounding rock mountains, which, by the way, also takes my breath away at sunset. Both experiences influence what I write. I've traveled extensively, still, there is no place like home, wherever that may be.
When did you first start writing?
I starting writing when I was about 40 years old. I wrote a book for a contest and placed second. The encouragement I received from the judges gave me courage to continue putting words on paper. However, I love to write poetry. I have had my poetry published 3 times at the author's request. I started writing small stories, family history and other family matters and published them myself with my daughters help, (she owned 2 print shops in Las Vegas). I surmise I may be an author at heart.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My novel, THE DEVIL’S ENIGMA – WILLOW WHISP, an intelligent medical espionage thriller with a strong female protagonist, is now available for representation.
This is a two-part story of two women, one a victim, the other her champion, Willow Whisp.
Evil, in the form of a delusional doctor, lurks behind a smile, while he covertly plans to steal the renowned Doctor Lee’s medical miracle to extend life. Using an innocent woman, Martha, for experimental purposes, a sinister plot unfolds as a foreign dictator vies for the formula. Martha, who has no memory or the ability to choose her fate, is a victim, unable to protect herself from the insidious cruelty waged against her. With new-found strength and determination, Martha finally escapes from her antagonist only to find she cannot escape the death sentence he placed inside her.
Martha’s one ally and confident, Willow, a female government agent, cannot save her from a tragic end, but quickly retaliates against her enemies, bringing the devil to his knees with the help of a rash, judgmental, side kick, Jason, who dislikes functioning beside a shrewd female. The continual bickering between the agents puts the mission in jeopardy more than once, yet, this bickering cements the relationship between the two agents, a bond that cannot be broken. Although obscured in the story, this is a tale of love and trust, success and failure; the journey two people must take to justify their chosen profession. .
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