What is Steps to Courage about?
Where is your book available?
My book is currently available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I am lucky that four independent bookstores in my city are carrying my book.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
How did you come up with the title?
Titles are difficult for me. My husband said to me one day that I wasn’t moving very fast on this because I was afraid. He told me I needed to just grab some courage and take that first step.
Steps to Courage was about me taking those first steps, and my characters taking those first steps in the face of what seemed too difficult or almost impossible. It was about facing our fears.
Who designed the cover?
Karen Arnpriester is a graphic designer and author of the book Anessia’s Quest. She designed my book cover, bookmarks, and business cards.
Do you have to travel a lot for your books?
I travel through books and the internet. I had not been to
at the time I had the idea for the book. My daughter’s dance team had a National Dance Competition in New York. It was 10 months after 9/11 and since her dance instructor was a former Rocket the decision was made to go to New York. I bought post-cards, maps, city transit maps. Took notes on restaurants and the people. We visited Ground Zero twice and I took 20 disks full of photos. New York
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
This is my first book. However, I’ve always written stories and for a while I wrote puppet scripts because I did puppetry in churches.
If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?
I’m not sure who I’d pick to play the parts. I’m not up to date on the younger actors and actresses. I actually picked the photos for the cover of my book because I’d had a mental picture of them in my head from the very beginning. I’m open to suggestions.
Do you plan on writing sequels?
There is no sequel to this book. However, I am working on three other books.
How long did it take you to complete Steps to Courage?
I wrote the first 38,000 words in one month. It was just a novella. Mary, who became my agent, asked me if there was a sequel because it felt unfinished. I suddenly realized what I needed to do to end it. I took two more weeks to write the second half. I had shopped it out for almost two years to traditional publishers. I finally decided I wanted it published before the tenth anniversary of 9/11 so I self published.
What is your favorite book?