I started making up stories with my dad as soon as I could talk. I don't know when I actually started writing stories but I can say it was prior to second grade. In second grade I wrote a pirate story that won the young authors award in my class.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am actually hoping to be a hybrid author. Some stories can flourish in the traditional publishing world but I also wanted the freedom to write things that would not work in traditional publishing. I think being an indie author gives a writer more option for topic and style. My stories tend to be fast paced and without a lot of flowery descriptions or extra details. Many of my stories are a bit too short for traditional publishers to pick up. But I feel they are better without all the additives.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to meet new characters and explore new places. It is so cool to be in the moment of writing a story. To see the characters unfolding before you on the screen. I also like to know that people are reading what I have written and are enjoying it. I am an avid reader and I know how much joy books bring to my life.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are very important to me. They are the reason I write. When I write a story I often envision a reader enjoying the completed version. I usually imagine a soccer mom reading my book on her kindle as her child does sports practice. I think that is who I envision because that is more or less who I am. I read to pass the time when we are waiting for doctors appointments or when my kids want to watch an episode of The Wiggles we have seen a dozen times.
What are you working on next?
I usually have quite a few projects going at any given time. I have two paranormal romances, three LDS romances, a fantasy series, and a kids series that are in different stages of development.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh this is such a hard question. There are so many I like. I am a huge fan of Mary Balogh, Cecelia Grant, Johanna Lindsey, Virginia Henley, Charlaine Harris, Janet Evanovich, and Anne Rice. Just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being a mom. My kids really changed my life. I suffered from infertility for 8 years before I finally had my twins. They are the light of my life. I want to show them all the amazing things the world has to offer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot. I also take walks around town with my friends. Our record so far is 11 miles (it was a one time thing that we probably won't do again any time soon). I also like video games. I love the Sims games for PS3 and most of the Lego games too. I play neopets online when I have time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first detailed story I ever wrote. I was in forth grade at the time. The story was a love story between two Irish setters. The girls name was Princess and the boy Champ. I don't remember all the difficulties they faced to be together but I do remember there was some kind of canine plague that Princess almost succumbed to.
What is your writing process?
I usually start with an idea. It can be anything. For one of the stories I am in the early phases of my idea was just mail order brides in outer space (I have little post it notes all over the place with such phrases). Then, I usually do a rough outline. It is about a page long and goes through the beginning, middle, and end as well as the main characters. For Educating Autumn it would be something like: Autumn Clare is sad her sister is going to be married. She meets Orion in a shop. Orion decides to marry her. He gives her a library. They fall in love. Then, I usually do a rough draft. I keep drafting til I get it right.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of romance. I also read some fantasy, YA, sci fi, and mysteries. If a book sounds interesting I am usually willing to try it. I also read at least one non fiction book a month on whatever topic I am currently finding interesting. My most recent were rabies, how motherhood effects the brain, and sex and the civil war.
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