GRIEF: 5 Lives | 5 Stories | 1 Need....Acceptance (Author Interview)

GRIEF looks like a great book with lesson on the impact of grief.  Any plans to make it into a series or publish similar themed books?
I tried to leave a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter specifically for that reason.  I think, if people respond positively to the characters in each chapter or in any of them, I could expand the universe of each story to break them out into individual projects around that characters life.  Being a nurse practitioner and a critical care nurse for the last 18 years has provided me with a wealth of material and knowledge to have similarly themed books but I will also explore other areas of writing as well.

What type of reader did you have in mind when writing this book?  
Well, if you can read and you understand emotions on a basic level, this book (GRIEF) is for you.  When I write, as much as possible, I want to entertain and educate across the entire lifespan.  I guess that’s the Registered Nurse in me.  That’s why I am also writing a children’s book series and why I don’t feel beholden to just one genre.

What inspired you when writing GRIEF?
I have so many stories floating around in my head and I've started and stopped over a dozen.  I just never had the desire to just completely finish one until I saw my husband doing the same thing but finishing.  He starts and stops stories all the time but he does it when he gets a block and he just moves to where his creativity takes him.  That method works for me as well so now it's like an assembly line.  Expect to see a lot of productivity from me in writing now.  A lot of my inspiration comes from everyday life.  Television shows I watch and some sports play a big part.  For some of the more technical aspects of sports I consult with my husband.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time?  Part time?
Well, I’ve been a critical care Registered Nurse for 18 years and I’m a new graduate Family Nurse practitioner.  So, that’s my full time wage earning work.  However, it’s hard to call writing part time.  I put my all into it and devote full time to it when I’m doing it.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t just decide to become a writer.  It’s always been there.  Just like stories in my head have always been there.  I just decide to tap into that and reduce it to pen and paper and out comes a book.  Hopefully it’s material that entertains and educates at the same time just like GRIEF.

When writing GRIEF did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
I think I probably had the same challenges most writers have.  At times you get writers block, but like I said, my husband’s strategy works wonders in that area.  If we have blocks, we just go where our natural creativity takes us.  It results in a number of fragmented stories started but it allows the creative juices to keep flowing and at times it spurs you back into finishing other fragments you started on and set aside.

How did you come up with the story in GRIEF? Is it based on true stories or inspired fictional stories?
At the advice of counsel, I will stick with the following statement:  This is a work of fiction.  Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or, if real, are used fictitiously.  LOL!

What do you like to do when not writing?
My husband branded me as Daredevil Bama gurl a few years ago.  I’m from the great state of Alabama and I am a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide college football team.  I also like to parasail, rock climb and lots of other daring stuff.  I post a lot of stuff on my Instagram @daredevilbamagurl, but this youtube video my husband created (fusing my favorite singer Celine Dion with some of my exploits) kind of says it all.
He also created me my own branded logo and rap theme song and you can see that at this link:
So, suffice it to stay, I stay busy all the time.  If I’m not working, then I’m traveling, adventuring, modeling, speaking, and so much more.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Someone recently asked me, where can I stalk you online.  It was kind of creepy but I know what they meant.  In a way we are all voyeurs to an extent. Here is where I reside online.

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