Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
To stay out of trouble and keep busy, I began writing after I retired and moved to beautiful southeast Arizona. My two grown children still live in the Midwest. My daily companion is my cat named “Machiatto” who I acquired from the animal shelter. It took weeks for her to warm up and adopt me. I am an active member of several writing groups and have read some of my work at a local open mic night. I belong to my local library’s friends group and a healthy community group. In my spare time (what’s that?!), I do genealogy on WikiTree and also enjoy crafting.
I’ve published one book, and I’m working on a sequel. Trana Mathews is the pen name I sue.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The Mathews Family: Mathews Family Saga Book 1” was inspired by a diary I read as a teenager. My third great-grandfather wrote this diary during his 1798 journey from Massachusetts to the Northwest Territory. Through research, I found there were personal letters between family members held as part of the Special Collections at Marietta College. Transcripts of many of these letters are included in my first novel.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Besides writing dressed in a robe from the time I get up until about noon? I’m always embarrassed when someone knocks at my door around 10 or 11 in the morning and I’m dressed in my big, long, green corduroy robe!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Really too many to list here. I’ve been a confirmed “bookaholic” since I was in the fifth grade and got hooked on Nancy Drew. I enjoy reading many genres. Fantasy, historical, horror, and sci-fi are the ones I read most often. I do NOT read romance novels. I’ve shared my love of reading with both of my children.
What are you working on now?
I’m revising the sequel to my family saga. This will probably be titled “Dr. Increase Mathews.”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
As a new indie author, I’m unsure and am currently researching how to promote my work.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just do it and listen to your beta readers!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My beta readers told me to keep writing 🙂
What are you reading now?
I just started Kandi J. Wyatt’s “Dragon’s Future”.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Completion and publication of my sequel.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Tough decision for me because I love so many books by so many authors. If I have to narrow it to just one, I would have to say Stephen King’s “The Stand” which I read when it was originally published through Doubleday.
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