Today’s Guest for our Whether I’ll Live or Die?
Pre-Launch party is
and her book?
“Love & Wrath”
Tell us some stuff about yourself like where you are from, your family, your job, your hobbies, etc?
I am originally from Indiana, but I have been living off and on in the Atlanta Metro area for the last 10 years. I spend most of my days working with my daughter on schoolwork since she is homeschooled and assisting other authors as a volunteer through the World Literary Caf?.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
My favorite thing to do to relax is watch movies and old episodes of ?Law & Order: SVU? on Netflix. I also listen to music or catch up on reading when I need to take a break from working.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since childhood. Early on in my school years, my English teachers realized that I had a love for words and encouraged me to craft those words into stories. In high school, my focus turned to poetry and I published several poems in anthologies along with other poets. Finally, four years ago I decided to try my hand again at developing a full story line and my first novella was born.
What is your writing schedule like? Do you listen to music when you do?
I don?t currently have a set writing schedule, but I would like to have one. For now, I write when time allows and when I?m inspired enough to focus. When I do write, I listen to music sometimes to set the mood for the scene or to help set the flow of whatever section of the story that I?m working on.
Questions about your book:
Tell us the name of your book and what it is about.
The name of my book is ?Love & Wrath: The Beginning?. It is the story of three friends who come together to protect each other after one of the friends grows tired of the domestic abuse that she has been enduring and leaves her abusive spouse.
In your book you talk about Abuse or addiction, sometimes both, what made you write about this?
I wanted to challenge the characters in the story (and their relationships) with a conflict that was both serious and believable and also easy for readers to relate to. Unfortunately, domestic violence is an all too common issue in our society and one that probably almost everyone has heard of or, even worse, witnessed or experienced.
Is the abuse you wrote about from firsthand experience, research or some other knowledge?
The abuse in my story comes from stored general knowledge from years of watching news stories and reading articles about real cases and situations. I don?t really go in depth about the actual abuse in my story, but rather I focus more on the backlash of the abuse victim?s escape and her final revenge.
If you came across someone who was in the shoes of your lead character (I know that sometimes this is you the author), what would you tell them?
My lead character is one of the best friends of the abuse victim and if I came across someone in a similar situation, I would tell them to support their friend as much as possible. If a friend who is in an abusive relationship decides to run, help her, but be aware and be careful so that all parties involved stay as safe as possible.
I am not involved in a particular group or organization, but I do support organizations that promote domestic violence awareness and that aid victims of abuse.
What did you hope to accomplish when you wrote this book?
My goal in incorporating abuse into the plot of my book was to show how women working together can exhibit great strength when helping one another. Whether it is an abusive relationship or some other oppressive situation that presents itself, working together to help one another out increases the odds that the outcome will be peaceful and favorable for everyone involved.
Your other work:
What else have you written?
I published ?Love & Wrath II: Confessions? this past January as an epilogue to the first book. It includes a free audio download that features five voice actors bringing the characters from the series to life.
What projects are you working on now?
Right now I am promoting a newly released resource directory for authors titled ?Get Connected: 101 Places to Promote Your Book Online?.? This directory literally lists 101 websites, groups, and organizations that I have interacted with that help authors promote their books.
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