I like to look at new and noteworthy fiction and nonfiction books online.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. My face is either in my Kindle or my computer most of the time.
What is your writing process?
My writing process begins by thinking about what families are experiencing in the college process. I like to think about writing as a conversation over coffee with parents and students about how they can get the best value and get through process with less stress and better results. I like to be very direct and get to what people really want to know without needless delay which means lots of edits.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My book marketing technique is largely through the blog on my website where I write about things that parents and students want to know about college admission and college scholarships.
Describe your desk
My desk is located in an upstairs library in my house. It is a busy place where I sometimes find surprises, like my dog's squeaky toy, whenever I have the courage to clear and reorganize.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia where I survived public education at its worst and its best. As an undiagnosed learning disabled kid, I had some great teachers as well as some who needed to go back to school. Although, I have some wonderful teachers, I never had a good school counselor. Every single one of them only saw what was wrong with a student instead of where the student excelled. The first great counselor I met was in college. She inspired me to major in counseling. After 17 years of great experiences as a college counselor, I went on to become an admissions and financial aid director. The bad and the good experiences that I had in public education sensitized me to how students develop differently on their own schedules and how harmful it is to compare them. Every student I have ever met has been extraordinary. I became convinced that every student is perfect the way they are and my mission in life is to help them move toward the unique career mission for which they were designed by helping them get the best education at the most reasonable price. I love helping families and students understand how college admission works and how to make it work for them.
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