I am both a fiction (genre: supernatural thriller/horror/spiritual) and non-fiction writer — working on my first novel which is a story about a woman going through a spiritual awakening who, after many years of acting out of anger or hatred and always retaliating when others treated her unfairly or cruelly, becomes aware that the only way to true and lasting happiness is through love and forgiveness. I am also working on a self-help book intended for overweight/out of shape smokers on how to lose weight, quit smoking, and get fit and healthy. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first draft of my novel, and in earlier stages of the self-help book.
I am also a registered pharmacist and work full time. I am the mother of one grown daughter and have many interests including languages, movies, photography, swimming, tennis, biking, reading fiction and nonfiction – (I love biographies and books on the craft of writing), computers, cooking, and watching suspense, action, some fantasy, science fiction, and crime (thriller) movies. I am very active on Facebook. I enjoy sharing information on social media networks and hope to meet other aspiring authors as well as published authors of any genre.
Many books, short stories, and some great films have influenced my writing. Authors include Edgar Allen Poe (“The Tell Tale Heart” is my favorite), Stephen King (especially “Pet Sematary and “Needful Things”), Barry Hammond’s “Cold Front,” Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” and many others including works by Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and readings from the Bible. Films include “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte,” “What’s the Matter with Helen?,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” series, “Stigmata,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Green Mile,” and “Half-Moon Street.” I also enjoyed the TV series “The Dead Zone.” I am also a big fan of Suspense Magazine and Writer’s Digest. In the non-fiction category, I very much enjoy the books/meditations from Deepak Chopra, Doreen Virtue, Louise Hay, and Gabrielle Bernstein.
In addition, books and websites related to the craft and marketing of writing and on e-media have added greatly to the body of knowledge I am accumulating to construct a viable and saleable work of fiction. Those include but are not limited to “90 Days to your Novel,” “Writing the Breakout Novel,” “Writing Fiction for Dummies,” and Stephen King’s “On Writing.” I also follow the websites and commentary (via Writer’s Digest and Facebook) of Jane Friedman (who I feel is a visionary), Phil Sexton, Chuck Sambuchino, Dan Blank, Reid Tracy (CEO of Hay House), and many others who have proven to be invaluable resources in the business of writing, marketing, finding an agent, and getting published.