THERE ARE FEW things more important for an author than feedback from readers. What you hear can range from exciting to horrifying, and annoyingly vague. An author depends on readers to show them the way.

A conversation about my debut contemporary romance, Below the Beltway, over the weekend in a Facebook review group validated something I’d been mulling for literally 6 months.

Since I intentionally crafted and wrote Below the Beltway to be the first in a series, I’ve now clarified it in the title. Readers will have no doubt about where they’re going and why some questions are left unanswered at the end.


The response was instant. Hearing from people who loved the book and were excited to find out the there was more coming.

Book 2 of The Beltway Series will be out in 2017.

The serendipity of the conversations was something only I could appreciate.

As for book covers, each one is a journey and finding the right fit takes trial and error, and requires experimenting with the art of it. Intending to tease what potential readers will find inside while delivering mood and sensibilities, if possible.

Marketing in today’s book industry is overwhelming at times. The amount of work involved is only for the most committed. That is if you want to actually sell books.

I spent 25 years in theater and show business before turning to writing. Never mind that I discovered the craft when I was a kid, but that’s another story. Starting off as a professional dancer, which is as disciplined an art form as you’ll find.

It prepared me for what it takes to be an indie author in the modern era.

I’m about to find out what it takes to guide characters from one book through another and I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin.

Won’t be long now.