It is a lovely large wooden desk that my Dad made in 1960, it has years of stories evident on its surface. I get to see that surface about every two months, when I organize all my mess. To the untrained eye it appears to be a disaster, but there is method in my madness. It reminds me of how my kitchen looks an hour before the meal,
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born a city girl in the capitol of Virginia and lived in Washington DC as a girl. A family tragedy led to spending my formative years in a very rural section of Virginia. Both of these areas had good and bad points. Surroundings do influence your experiences, which in turn will impact one's writing.
I'm afraid so. I don't remember the title - third grade was a long time ago for me. Our teacher gave us an assignment to write creative short stories. I wrote an action adventure about a guy who is chased up and down the Eiffel Tower. He escapes by hiding in a dumpster. Unfortunately, in addition to not remembering the title, I also don't remember why the protagonist was being chased. I think I got a "B" or "B-"on my story.
Your bio says you were once an actor. Why the switch to writing?
Acting and writing are just two different forms of story telling. I lost my fascination with the bright lights somewhere along the way, but not with the creating of characters. I find writing more satisfying than I ever did performing, which surprises me. I really loved acting at one time.
I can remember writing poetry for English class as early as first grade. After a creative writing class in high school, I wrote poetry for about five years before turning to blogging. Though I have dabbled in fiction for a long time, I have only really started in the last few months. My first novel was written as a part of NaNoWriMo 2013.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved writing. My poems have been published in local anthologies, school magazines, and small poetry publications, so I knew that when I finally decided to start writing novels, I wanted them to be published. Since self-publishing is so easy and cheap (even free if you want it to be), I decided there was no reason not to give it a shot. Whether or not I hit it big in the indie ebook game, this will have been a really fun experience.
When I was ten or 12 my Dad wrote and self-published several children's stories that my brother and I illustrated. That was when the writing/'drawing bug hit me. I've been creating one thing or another ever since. I dabbled in indie comic books in the late 1990's. Then I became increasingly interested in prose. I joined an awesome writing group and I haven't stopped writing (and illustrating) since then.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is amazing! My books and stories are everywhere. The tools and advice offered on Smashwords is worth more than any advice I ever read in Writer's Digest. (I subscribed to WD for years and read the same cyclical articles year after year.) Smashwords provides real world resources that work.
The story behind my latest book, "Signature" deals with a man who has the ability to read a persons energy left behind when a person vacates a place. Its also a story of lost love, rediscovered. Its about how evil people can be by taking advantage of people when they are at their lowest places.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always believed the saying, "Everyone has a novel inside them." It was important for me to write my novel. I see the book in my head, like watching a movie and I then IU just type out what I see. It's very exciting to create something, put it on the shelf for 6-weeks and then come back to edit it. Sometimes it's hard to believe that I wrote a book. I wonder where the crazy ideas come from.
My desk is always full of objects. I mean 'things' - not paper, pens and stuff like that. At the moment, I have a broken down diesel model train, five handmade glass doorhandles (thanks Liam!) and a rather nice woven cloth I found on my travels somewhere in the Far East.
They say that your desk reflects the contents of your mind. A disorganised desk reflects a disorganised mind. Tut tut, then for me. Hurrumph! Who is the judge!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last book (How to Live: Wise and not so wise advice from the Great Philosophers) is a bit of a departure for me. It is not really very educational, more just for pleasure.
I think I've got tired of trying to 'make sense' of things, and now I am just chatting to what I hope will be people with shared interests and yes, values. So this book is sort of philosophy as it might crop up in conversation - maybe it IS trivia, but what's wrong with that? What to eat for dinner? Were the great philosophers great lovers - or just great hypocrites? Why are there so many films quoting Nietzsche?
After all, as the old saying goes, it is often the little things that are most important.