When I was in Junior High. One of my best friends would get sent to Southern California for long periods of time and for some reason, we started writing short stories back and forth to one another. I think it was our way of enjoying the lives we wished we'd had at the time, escape from reality, but it opened up the door for me to a whole new passion and what would become a lifelong love.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted more control and say over my own creation. I was also very curious over the process, the experience. I have an insatiable curiosity, but so far it's panned out!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new here, so I will have to get back to you on that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
No limits, that's the biggest I think, but I also really enjoy getting to know my characters. I'm still not sure if I create them or if my brain is merely where they choose to be born. All I know is that once they get started I have little to no control over how their personalities unravel, expand, take on a history and trajectory all its own. It's really great fun - even though they can often be quite stubborn.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVER-REE-THING! Honest to goodness, sincerely with all my heart, my fans are everything! If it weren't for them then my character's voices would never be heard. The reader/author relationship is so close to being symbiotic, because I'm a huge fan of my fans. How could I not be?
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am currently working on a Dark Erotic BDSM Paranormal series called Hell on Earth. The first book, Avarice, was rather long, so I've broken it down into three short novellas, and I'm aiming for a late summer release date on the beginning, followed closely by the next two. **Fingers Crossed!**
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice is #1 always. Gena Showalter, Nora Roberts (and J.D. Robb), Red Phoenix, Skye Warren, M. Never, Roxy Sloane, Sawyer Bennett, Kendal Ryan, V.C. Andrews (was my earliest introduction into Fiction outside of children's books), Mercedes Lackey for fantasy, Ray Bradbury for horror (just kidding, but Fahrenheit 451 still scares me), Lewis Carroll for writing the greatest fantastical masterpiece of all time and Edgar Allan Poe just for being morbidly and brilliantly him. My list is always growing, though and this in no way covers every author I've ever read and really liked.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually, my bladder makes that decision, then the coffee pot beckons me from the kitchen, which just happens to be where my laptop is and from there, it's all gravy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gaming or watching Netflix. I also sometimes venture out of my home (though I try to avoid such situations) to run errands or visit with family and friends. I'm also the Family Genealogist.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I host a lot of book tours for other authors on my blog, as well as follow bloggers who do the same and usually host for different promoters than I do, so we always get a variety of new releases or cover reveals in our Readers or email. Giveaways are the second most frequent way I find new authors/eBooks... I mean, who doesn't want to win a new Kindle Fire or $100 gift card while checking out new eBooks?
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