I enjoy traveling around the world. Every other summer my husband and I explore a new destination and create amazing memories together. Reading and writing are an obvious passion of mine that started when I was a young girl. I value time spent with my two young daughters (ages 7 and 3). We love being active; riding bikes, going on walks, swimming, etc… are our favorite things to do. I am very involved in my church community.
Are you a full-time Writer/Author?
I am a full-time teacher. I teach 9th grade English. I write in the summers and in my free time.
How did it occur to you to get into writing?
It’s been a dream of mine to become a published author since I was a little girl. But, seeing as I write mostly poetry, I had a hard time landing an agent because poetry doesn’t really sell (unless it’s an anthology). So, I decided that I would venture into writing a memoir since I believe I have a story that needs to be told.
Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.
WHOLE: A Leg Up on Life is a memoir. I start off the non-fiction piece by explaining my birth deformity, sharing details about the amputation, and then providing stories that detail my physical and mental struggles. The book ends with highlights from some of my proudest achievements and shows how my mentality has changed over the years to be the capable, confident person I am today.
Do you have a favorite character in your book , if yes who and why?
My book is nonfiction, but I would have to say my mom. She was always a voice of reason and a good moderator for me. She and my dad were my support system and helped me live a normal(ish) life.
Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How do you formulate your characters? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your characters?
I have a habit of feverishly writing, like a gun is pointed at my head. I can’t help it. I have so much to say that I don’t want to stop for fear of losing my rhythm. I wrote my book in 7 months.
What is the most ‘gonzo’ idea you have adapted to market your book?
I wrote to the Ellen show in hopes of getting exposure and a chance to share my story. Haha Obviously, that never happened…. But, why not shoot for the stars? 😊
Fast facts on Author-
I love: llamas, Italian food, the beach, interior decorating, and intimate connections with people.
I am: extremely competitive and driven, an introvert until I get comfortable with people, and organized.
I have: a terrible memory and a phobia of bugs.
The Glass Castle, Born a Crime.
One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like.
I love Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series. She is smart, witty, brave… I love seeing girls and women portrayed this way. I really dislike President Snow in the Hunger Games series because of his abuse of power and manipulative tendencies (can you tell I like reading series 😉).
What do you prefer reading/listening too- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?
I love reading the tangible book. I zone out when listening to audiobooks, and reading on the screen just doesn’t give me that nostalgic feeling I’m looking for. Plus, the smell and crispness of the books is to die for!
Sound of a word that you like, also one word that you don’t like.
Like: Poignant- I like the sound of it and what it means. I think emotion makes everything more real.
Dislike: Invalid… it makes people feel that they are actually invalid, when in actuality, they have so much to offer this world despite their limitations.
“Fake it til ya make it.” This phrase has helped me overcome confidence issues in the past when I was feeling inferior due to my limb difference.
Which quirky pseudonym would describe you the best?
I have no idea… I’m sorry ☹
Any message for the readers?
My hope is that readers will be more knowledgeable about people who are different from them. We often fear the unknown, but if we work to learn about each other, we will find there is no room for fear. Acceptance and open-mindedness is key! Also, people can do a lot more than what their minds think possible. Your body is capable of amazing things. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you will see what you’re made of! You were uniquely and purposefully designed; I hope you can find the beauty in that!
Lastly, please share the book facts.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qZjb1LDX24&t=6s