As a child, I wondered what I wanted to become when I grew up, as all normal kids do. Every week it changed; I wanted to be a Firefighter, a Chef, a Teacher, a Veterinarian, etc. So my mother went out and bought me book after book on every occupation she could think of. In the end it turned out that the books themselves, not the career choices, interested me the most!
I was born in IL, and then moved to Chapel Hill, NC when I was 4 years old. I was raised down there for 20 years and then moved back up to IL on my own (although every winter I still question myself.) My favorite ice-cream is Phish Food and I love sushi! My biggest fears are clowns, geese, heights, & sharks. My pet-peeves are fanny packs and dirty snow. My biggest hero is my mother; if I could be just half as strong, half as intelligent, and half as organized as her, I would be a better person. My true passion is to write and my goal in life is to sell my novels. The two things I still want to learn are how to cook and how to speak Spanish. The two cures for my broken heart: cookie dough & the movie Bridget Jones Diary.
I have my Bachelor’s of Science Degree from East Carolina University and I’ve been dreaming of Angels for over 10 years.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to read minds
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Phish Food by Ben & Jerry’s
One food you would never eat?
Anything that is alive
Dirty Snow & Fanny Packs
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Audie the Angel is fast-paced fun, wholesome, and great for the whole family!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am working on Audie the Angel: Volume 3 right now. I also just signed a contract with a publisher for a romantic comedy Chick Lit and I am awaiting patiently (or maybe not so patiently) for the first round of edits!
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
I know it sounds funny to choose my own book, but I would live inside Audie the Angel. It takes place in Heaven and is a world where animals are the opposite size they are on Earth, there are Unicorns, Fairies, and Mermaids. As an Angel you can fly and go in between worlds. You can also see any of the Good Souls that have passed on. There is so much to do there but at the same time it’s a tropical paradise.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Connect with other Authors! I have learned loads from others and continue to do so.
My grandma and my mother make this dish we call “Party Potatoes” (essentially it’s just cheese, potatoes, cheese, onions, and did I mention cheese?) my whole family jokes with me because I love it so much. I request it for every Holiday and take home the leftovers!
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A new house! My home is over 70 yrs old and needs a lot of work and TLC! Plus, I would love to live near water.
What do you do in your free time?
There’s such thing as free time? Aside from the appropriate answer (writing) I watch movies like nobody’s business!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Zombie flicks! I can’t get enough of them and they are probably not good for me but I’m addicted.
Happiest moment in your life so far?
By far the day my gorgeous and completely brilliant daughter, Kathryn Kay, was born.
What drew you to writing this genre?
My brain really is about 90% emerged in fantasy so it just came naturally. Although I also adore the women’s literature genre as well and I want to continue to write both. It’s interesting to me how Actors seek to be versatile and yet writers tend to stick to one genre. I want to be good at several different areas and not just stuck to one.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
In Volume 2, I wrote one of the characters based on my cousin who was taken from us at the age of 13. I dedicated the book to her and tried to do her justice by creating a character based on her. That was by far the most challenging and emotional thing I have written so far. I would have to say favorite scene is in Volume 2 with the PG-Rated Zombies.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I write as I go, however I’m a firm believer in Outlining and I do think to some extent you need to know the beginning, middle, and end when you are starting it out. Once I know those three components, I am ready to roll!
How do you overcome writer’s block?
The best advice I have on this is just work on something else. When I get stuck I just shift my effort to another project and somehow it helps me find my way back.
How do you juggle writing & family life?
t sure isn’t easy! I wake up around 5:30am, get myself ready, the baby ready, drop her off at daycare, get to work, work hard all day long, don’t get done until 6pm, pick up the baby, make dinner, eat, clean up, play with baby, bath, jammies, put her to put, and then finally open the laptop for writing! The weekends are truly when I get the most written because weekdays are ridiculous!
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Yes! I’ve had several requests to be in my next book and I plan to write them in when I can.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
For it! I am a movie maniac so that is my ultimate dream for all of my books.
This or That
TV or Movies? Movies
Black or White? White
Night owl, or early bird? Early Bird
Regular or Diet? Regular
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Horror or Romance? Depends if I’m writing or reading. Reading: Horror Writing: Romance
Pizza or Pasta? Pasta
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Summer or Winter? Summer
City or Country? Country! I’m Southern!
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
Gum or Breath Mints? Gum
Cats or Dog? Dog
Truth or Dare? Truth
Text or Talk? Text
Favorite Movies/TV Shows
1) The Walking Dead
2) Warm Bodies
3) Bridget Jones Diary
4) Anything with Chris Pine
5) Love Actually
Audie, a seemingly typical twelve-year-old girl, is summoned from her middle school one day. She travels through a windmill farm and brought to an island where she’s told that she is actually an Angel and, more importantly, that she is of Phoenix descent. She is the pivotal and final member of an assembly of others her age, called The Angel Army. The army includes Luce—the dangerously handsome dark Angel predestined to fall from Heaven—and Cave—a stowaway from Earth who is crushing on her hard—as well as eight Angels with magical talents, a feisty Fairy, and a nimble gnome. Audie’s ordinary life becomes drastically different as she transforms; she sprouts gold wings, receives a halo passed on from the mother she never met, and her fellow Angels teach her to use her hand-me-down Phoenix powers. However, before she even learns to fly she is told of the real reason she is needed: an evil Elder Angel has discovered a way to dominate Heaven. Haunted by dreams of her past Phoenix life, puzzled by her feelings for both the charming Luce and her human friend Cave, Audie has to conquer her newfound powers quickly because the future of Heaven rests on her wings. Can she fight against flying Dare Demons, the Marsh Master, the Frost Fairy, and Evil Souls to save Heaven? Can Audie change destiny and save Luce from falling to his fate?
Audie the Angel and the Angel Army is the first of three volumes in a Middle Grade to Young Adult fantasy adventure series that make up The Angel Archives. Hang onto your Halos, because this story is filled with wild winged adventure!
Audie the Angel and the Aging Plague
Audie, Cave, and the Angel Army are back in action! Dare Demons have been released on Earth carrying an Aging Plague that turns Humans into zombies. While one of their own has been bitten, they have to travel back to Heaven, and cross the desert—fighting Sand Sharks and Sorcerers—to get to the Fountain of Youth before the plague spreads. Along the way they help the Mermaid Tribe, team-up with Star Speakers, and learn the secrets behind rainbows. With a Sun Stone as their key, and occasionally traveling by cloud, will Audie and her friends be able to cure the Aging Plague before it’s too late? Can Audie prevent Luce’s fateful fall from Heaven? Audie the Angel and the Aging Plague is the second of three volumes in a middle grade to young adult fantasy series that make up The Angel Archives. HANG ONTO YOUR HALOS, because this story is filled with wild winged adventure for the whole family!
Audie the Angel and the Angel Army & Audie the Angel and the Aging Plague
Paperback open to US only
Ebook open Internationally