I still show up on TV every now and again as guest host of the television talk show The Morning Blend on Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate, WTMJ-TV. I was a reporter there for several years and also gave news commentary. It was while working there that I began to write children’s fiction, which I now consider a great passion. It led to the publication of my debut young adult novel, God Awful Loser, released in May of 2015, and its sequel, God Awful Thief, released the following year.
How did you find the time to write while reporting — especially since reporting sent you all around the state?
It’s true that reporters do quite a bit of traveling for stories. TODAY’S TMJ4 covers the state and news in general very, very well, and is committed to reporting the news where it happens, so we’ve all traveled at some point or another. Most of my reports were based out of somewhere in Wisconsin, although they were frequently sent via satellite feed around the country — even around the world.
So how did I find time to write? I used my off time well. Also, deadlines teach reporters to write whenever there’s available time. Even if I only had ten minutes, I’d take advantage of those ten minutes to write a few sentences or clean up a paragraph. We all do what we can.
Finally, I’m blessed with supportive family and friends who won’t let me quit. They push me toward excellence. A prime example is my husband, Jeff Miracola, who has been published hundreds of times already. He’s a fantastic illustrator whose children’s book Welcome to Monster Isle is available now. He has never stopped encouraging me.
Where can we get your books?
There are lots of places where you can find them. Both are available in hardcover and eBook editions here: http://www.threepointspublishing.com/books/ If you’d like a signed and/or inscribed hardcover, buy direct from Three Points Publishing.
So what’s next?
Although I’ve enjoyed writing picture books and middle grade manuscripts, the genre of young adult fantasy is where I’ve got a good groove going. The God Awful Series has happily consumed me for the past few years; I’m currently writing the third and final book in the trilogy. It’s been a lot of fun.
If you have any more questions or would like to learn more about me or my thoughts on writing, please feel free to shoot me an email or poke around more on this site. Thanks for visiting!