When did you first realize you wanted to be a
Oh, this is a great question.I
was in grade school and I loved reading short stories so I wrote one of my
own.Others enjoyed it and they began to
write their own stories.Can you imagine
a storm of excitement to write took over our school for a period of time?It was wonderful!I had given life to that storm and that is
when I knew that I wanted to be a writer because my writing moved people.
How long does it take you to write this book?
The Runaway Christmas Tree took about five years to complete.I started in 2006 and finally finished it in 2011 with illustrations and
What is your work schedule like when you're
When I am writing a
story now, I discipline myself to write during the day like a 9 to 5 job.After all, the difference is, that it is a
job that I love.
What brought you to write this book?
My youngest son
inspired this book when he was only 9 years old.He wrote a story from a story starter with
the same name and I thought it was cute and funny.It ignited my creative juices and I was
determined to tweak it and write the book.
How you become a published author? Any
inspiration? I am a self-publisher and I enjoy the works of Charles
Dickens.He is my inspiration.Someday I’d like to write a classic like A Christmas Carol, something that
would inspire others to change like his book did and to have a legacy to
leave behind that moves people and transcends time.
Where do you get your information or ideas for
your books?I love Christmas, so
many of my books seem to have a Christmas Theme.“I’m Glad I’m Not a Zombie” (my second
book) was written to encourage other writers in our Cane River Writers’
Club to write in their particular genre about things that are trending.Since I write mainly Children’s books
right now, I wanted to combine that genre with the trending “Zombie” theme
like The Walking Dead, but I
wanted to create something that children would enjoy.
When did you write your first book and how old
As stated above, I
wrote my first story when I was in the 7th grade and I was about 12
years old.It was called, “Color It
Love”. One day I plan to reprise it and make it a movie script.
What do you like to do when you're not
I have a day job.I’m a teacher,
but when I’m not teaching, I like to watch Jeopardy and read inspirational
How many books have you written? Which is your
To this day, I have written about 5 books.The
Runaway Christmas Tree is my favorite because it was my first published
What's next foryou?
What are you working on now?
I am working on a
new children’s book entitled, Sony, the King of Cats.We are looking for an early spring
release.I am also finishing up the
sequel to The Runaway ChristmasTree entitled, The Runaway Christmas
Tree goes to London. Aye, Good day, Gov’nor!
I’ve also begun a
children’s chapter book series called, The
Eddie and Sassy Mysteries.The first
one is entitled, The Great Christmas
Lights Caper.I look forward to
sharing these works with the world.