When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading and going for long walks at dusk.
Describe your desk
Right now I am sharing my desk with a couple of gifts for Christmas, a bag of pecan nuts, my notepad and a dictionary - I just like checking my old one every so often. We've been good friends since high school.
When did you first start writing?
A very long time ago. I cannot remember exactly when. They were just short pieces about anything that interested me at the moment. For example, a rather mean-spirited girl was in my class and so I wrote about her. On another occasion, I entered a competition and won second prize.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Company of Odd Folk was actually written for my then 12-year-old son who absolutely loved The Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien. He insisted that I try my hand at writing something similar but of course I didn't think I could achieve anything close to it. The story does also contain a few personal experiences of mine - like an old tree near my childhood home that scared the living daylights out of me as a child. The description of the coal stove in the story was also a monstrosity that kept me awake many a night.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
These days it's really hard to get your work published by publishers. I guess being an independent author gave me the freedom to pursue the dream of having my book published.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made the journey achievable, and richly satisfying. The team have given me a hand up in achieving my dream.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd probably say it's the ability to create different worlds for readers and to use the English language to maximise the experience of the journey through them.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing the sequel to my story A Company of Odd Folk.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favourite authors are L M Montgomery, Charles Dickens, JRR Tolkien, and CS Lewis.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I have a purpose in life and I guess being expectant about how the day will unfold.
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