ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Where are you from?
I was born in New Jersey. Eleven miles outside of New York City. That said, I spent a lot of time bouncing back and forth between my great-grandfather’s farm in upstate New York, and my cousin’s house in Miami, FL. We were a family that liked to travel.
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is I’m spending time with Deal Sharing Aunt! One lucky commenter is going to win an e-copy of my brand new book. The second in the Hayden Kent mystery series. Death by Sunken Treasure.
When and why did you begin writing?
The first thing I remember writing was a story poem for a fourth grade assignment. That’s about the same time I discovered Little Women and decided I wanted to be just like Jo March. I hijacked a fountain pen from my parents and started writing stories. Much to my surprise, my friends liked reading them. I was hooked.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was in high school. I used to write short stories for some of the teen magazines of the era. Then in my junior year, I won several writing prizes at my school. After that, no matter what day job I did, I was marking time until I could say I was a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
A trip to the Caribbean. My first book (deservedly unpublished) was a romance set on St. Maarten. Everything about the Island appealed to me. It looked like the perfect place for love.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve been told I write in short, breezy, sentences and that my writing brings with it a touch of tropical sunshine. I definitely have a tropical lilt to my writing and my phraseology.
How did you come up with the title?
My publisher Henery Press named this book. My working title was Death by Doubloons. Henery felt that Death by Sunken Treasure was more descriptive of the story and enticing to readers. All of the Hayden Kent books have “death” in the title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That even when we are at our lowest, the people around us help us be strong. The book is a study in friendship as much as a mystery where little is as it seems to be.
What would you like my readers to know?
I want readers to have a good time. To think of Hayden as a friend, someone they like meeting up with for a visit. I hope that they’ll pick up a copy of Death by Sunken Treasure.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I’ve enjoyed it tremendously.