September 29th, 2017
Her debut novel, Rogeen (An Irish Love Story), [Right] is available now on Amazon!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
It took me 26 years to finish this book because I have three daughters including a set of twins and I was quite busy. I have traveled to Ireland eight times so my book is very descriptive of Ireland. Ireland is my favorite country next to the United States.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was inspired to write based on my experiences of traveling to Ireland so many times. I just fell in love with Ireland and I wanted to share my passion with others. Based on my book reviews and feedback on my book, I have inspired others to want to visit Ireland someday.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Some of my other passions in life are spending a lot of time doing things with my family. I also love hiking and walking on the beach. When I am out in nature it clears my head and gives me more ideas for writing other stories.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
My book was published in February 2017. This is my first book and it was a great accomplishment for me. It has helped me gain confidence that I can write other books. I have plans to take some creative writing classes to improve my writing.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I am so excited when I see my book on Amazon, google play, iBooks and good reads. It is also exciting to put my name in the google bar and see what comes up. It is such a good feeling to be a first time published author. I feel somewhat famous. And it is that feeling of euphoria that makes me want to publish another book.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
I think the most challenging part of writing is being descriptive enough in your story. I would edit my book over and over again and continually add as much description as possible. With a lot of description, it makes the reader really feel as though they are there and it draws them in to keep reading.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
A typical day for me is getting up early with my three teenage daughters and husband and getting everyone fed and getting the kids ready for school. I am still very busy as a stay at home mother. I am fortunate to have been able to stay at home with my kids because they are all very good kids and students. I am slowly writing another book but my family is still my first priority.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would have told myself to try to find more time to write if possible. I thought the publishing process would be fast but it was quite slow. I thought I would have more publicity help from the publisher but I realize now that it is a lot of self-promotion. I never expected to have to do so much self-promotion and it is very much a learning process.
What do you love about writing romance?
I feel that every woman wants romance in their life. And being a woman you understand this and you have your visions of what that romance should look or feel like. I like writing romance because I know it appeals to other women. I also like to read romance novels.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
I think it is romantic when you get flowers or an unexpected gift. I also like when spontaneous ideas are geared toward romance. It would be nice if my husband swept me away for a romantic weekend without the kids.
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
I read my book reviews over and over again. I really take it to heart what my viewers say. It helps me to know what my audience liked and it helps me to improve on my writing. It also motivates me to write another book for my audience.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
One of the most wonderful things that has happened is that I met a freelance journalist online and she wrote two articles about my book in two local papers in Ireland. That was so wonderful and unexpected. I am so grateful to have met such a wonderful, helpful woman.
Another great thing is when a woman that I didn’t know sent me a message on messenger that she had purchased my book. She told me she was enjoying it and that her parents were from Lisdoonvarna, Ireland where the story takes place.
I have also met others online and have gained a following on my Facebook and Instagram pages. I so enjoy meeting new people and conversing with them.
Rogeen An Irish Love Story [Left] is about two American girls who go to the Merry Matchmaking singles festival in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland. Sierra the main character in the book falls in love with an Irish farmer and it turns her world upside down.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
I’m taking a class to teach English as a second language to expose myself to other cultures. I’m going to Ireland next September to promote my book during the Matchmaking Festival. I’m also trying to get a hold of any directors both American and Irish who would consider making my book into a movie.
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
I will always love you by Whitney Houston
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
An Oceanside lifeguard baby onesie
3. What were you like as a kid?
Active. I always was outside even after dark
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Gilmore Girls. I absolutely loved it. It had humor and romance
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
Thank you so much for being here today Jane. It was great getting to know you. And guess what…I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan too!
An Irish Love Story
Sierra always considered herself an adventurous, spontaneous person. So, when she discovers an article about a single’s festival in Ireland it sparks her curiosity. Unknowing to what the trip would bring, she and her friend, Kathy embark on a journey across the sea to attend the festival.
While in Ireland, she meets a handsome, Irish farmer named Shane. She hadn’t planned on falling so hard for a man in such a short period of time, but she does. So much so, that as she travels back home to Chicago, she can’t seem to get him out of her mind.
Although Sierra meets a new man while back in Chicago, Shane is still in the depths of her heart. As she struggles with her emotions for both, the situation complicates and consumes her life, ultimately turning it upside down. How does she choose between the love of two men and two completely different worlds?