Interview with Bella Masters

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up landlocked, to be honest, in the Midwest. Cornfields and cows and miles and miles of pasture. All the while I dreamed of living on the edge -- of anything, and everything! At 18 I moved to Seattle. Migrated from there to Chicago. Spent some time also in the Phoenix area, mostly Tempe (where I dropped out of college, much to my parents chagrin...). And I am currently living in New Orleans. Why all of the moves? They suited me at the time. And New Orleans is suiting me very well, at this moment.

But I've not really answered your question. Growing up small town Midwest caused me to dream. Fantasize. Exercise my imagination. Anytime I wanted. Plus, it gave me a lot of opportunity to read and dabble with writing words myself. Thus, it all influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Young. Young! I can't remember exactly when. I have always loved words. I learned to talk and read at a young age. Always fascinated with language and words. I wrote short stories in elementary school and in high school was plotting out my first novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like control. Period.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new here, just getting started, so perhaps I'll come back and revise this question at a later date -- when I see about my success!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Release.

When I write, nothing else is there. Nothing else matters. I'm where I am supposed to be. And it is, indeed, my happy place.
What are you working on next?
I'm excited to bring out The Boardroom Dynasty series starting in January 2014. They are short, but powerful, novellas about BDSM relationships in corporate America. Fiction, of course. :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I like my bed, so....
I'll come back to this one.
What is your writing process?
I am a morning writer. I'm up, do a few tasks around the house -- you know, let the dog out, feed the cats, etc. -- and coffee cup with hot brew in hand, I stumble to my office and begin. I love the quiet of mornings. No clutter in my brain, no television, just the simplicity and solitude of writing (except for all that stuff that is going on inside my head...which is why I need quiet surroundings).
How do you approach cover design?
I have a lovely designer. Shes at www.calliope-designs.com. I talk, she listens, we discuss. Generally we come up with something fantastic.

I do like a more simplistic design, one that shows the essence of the story but doesn't crowd the mind with too much going on.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Kindle girl. I still also read paperbacks, on occasion.
Describe your desk
Mission style oak. Ha! Go figure.

And it is very neat and organized. (most of the time)
Published 2013-11-16.
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