Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I've been writing for 28 years. I wrote my first
manuscript titled Always Father's Child after my father passed away suddenly.
Seven years later, I realized the manuscript had no marketable value, but I was
hooked on the process. I wrote Dead Witness, self-published it in 2008, then
sold the rights to Broken but not Dead 2 in 2011 to Theytus Books. I live with
my husband on beautiful
Describe your book ‘BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD’ in 30 words or less.
Professor Brendell Kisêpîsim Meshango must face her greatest antagonist – herself – when she becomes the target of a psychopath bent on destroying her and her beloved daughter Zoe.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Going to that dark place that covets the rage of a mother fiercely determined to save her child, make it realistic and still elicit empathy from the reader.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
I was completely blown away when I read "Bleeding Heart" by Marilyn French. I remember praying that I could one day move my reader in that way.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
I blog. I hand out bookmarks where possible. I make myself accessible to my readers. I leave comments on every blog of every visitor I get on my blog. I response to the comments they leave on my blog. I do readings, signings, interviews. I use Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. I keep abreast of any new aspects of marketing. I follow blogs that inspire me. I'm approachable at local fairs, readings, literary evenings. But mostly I try to write the best possible novels I can write, so that readers keep coming back for more.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I try to be social being again and spend time with close friends. I practice yoga and T'chi. I love home renovations, gardening, and movies. But mostly I spend time with my beautiful grandchildren.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished the final draft of the sequel to "Broken but not Dead", entitled Omatiwak: Woman Who Cries. I also have a political thriller in its final drafts called Kiss of the Assassin. I have a WIP, a sequel to "Dead Witness" tentatively titled Dead Wrong. And I'm also working on my first children's book titled Spirit Eagle.
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