What does it mean to you when I mention ‘Six Feet Under’?
The ground-breaking television series, Six Feet Under, was extremely difficult for me to watch. In fact, I didn’t see it until it was given to me on VHS, long after it had gone off the air. Having grown up in a funeral home, the show hit a very personal nerve. I told my sister it felt as if people were peering into our home through the windows. She had the same reaction.
I know you have a degree in psychology, do you think that helps you when you need to create a new character?
I’d love to think my education paid off in such a tangible way. But sadly, no. Most of my characters are based on people I know. And the ones I make up from whole cloth are simply fancies of my imagination. Hmmm. But now you’ve planted a great idea in my head. Thanks.
You’re welcome. 🙂 Would you say having had a very diverse career path helped you in writing?
Yes. Despite all the diversity, the common denominator was always writing. Fortunately, the type of writing I’m doing now is enjoyable. Being able to entertain readers with my stories is much more fun that writing job descriptions, obituaries, dry product reviews or video scripts about living with peritoneal dialysis.
Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?
Anyone who has read my novel, Same Old Truths, will notice banana bread makes several cameo appearances. I have to admit it’s a reoccurring theme in my life as well. I’ve never baked it myself, but I’m happy to be kept supplied by my sister AND sister-in-law.
What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?
My favorite dish is called Birthday Chicken. It was so named by my sister when she was little because she always requested it for her birthday. It was/is a family favorite. Here is the recipe.
1 chicken cut-up (or 1lb. of any of your favorite chicken pieces)
1 large bottle of A-1 Steak Sauce
1 stick of butter
Four large cloves of garlic, crushed
Wash chicken pieces and pat dry. Leave or remove skin according to your preference.
In a medium sauce pan, add steak sauce, butter and crushed garlic cloves. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted and blended well into sauce.
Place chicken pieces into a large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over chicken, making sure all the pieces are well-covered. Place into refrigerator and marinate for a minimum of four hours.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken, with sauce, into roasting pan. (I use a rectangular cake pan). Cover with aluminum foil and bake for one hour. Turn up heat to 400 degrees and remove foil. Bake for another thirty minutes, or until the sauce forms a caramelized glaze on the chicken.
That sounds delish! I shall give that a go next time we have chicken.
What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?
The title of my book is Same Old Truths. It’s the second story in my series, The Reluctant Avenger. I’m currently working on the third.
Here’s a little taster of the book for those that are curious
Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?
Not at all. Of course, the title is a play on the words, same old lies. But that would put the focus on Dave, Kay’s lying ex-husband – something I wasn’t interested in doing. The story is about Kay and her struggle to move past all the hurt, betrayal and deceit inflicted on her by Dave. It’s really the same old truths Kay must embrace if she’s going to move forward with her life.
What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention o your books?
I’ve been getting some encouraging traction with word of mouth. I’ve also been participating in tweet and voting teams, but I think it’s a little early to gauge the success of these methods. But I love interacting with, and supporting my fellow self-published authors. I’ve met some pretty wonderful people.
I’m working on a book trailer and will also make an appearance at a networking luncheon group which is featured in my book.
Okay, now tell me something no one has ever heard before from you. Hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
When I was nineteen, I worked as a secretary at a Catholic college. My boss was a nun who ran the alumni association. Sister Edwina was hell bent on recruiting me into her order and was convinced I’d sign up if only I could see myself in a habit. Against my better judgment, I allowed her to dress me up in one. Unfortunately for her, I was horrified at my appearance. I still have nightmares about it. I’ve never told that story to anyone.
Now that sounds like what I would call a horror story. 🙂 But then again I guess I’m a bit of an odd ball, with not doing religion and such.
Thanks for being here and telling us about the book and a bit about yourself.