It's a place I can go to make anything happen. I get to be all of the characters! I can be a mad scientist, obsessed with the idea of eternal life. I can be a ruthless queen...or a nice one. I can be a murderous psychopath set on murdering all my enemies in the most gruesome way possible. I can walk with dinosaurs and/or aliens. I can be anything, try on anyone's shoes. Don't get me wrong, I love being me but it's so much fun to explore worlds (both fictional and real) yet still get to sleep in my own bed at night. Writing allows you to play God without any messy consequences.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without fans, a following, a readership, I would be nothing. I am eternally grateful for my readers. They support my dreams which is the best gift anyone can give another person. It's a form of love and respect, in a way. I provide a place for them to escape to, away from the humdrum of daily life...I introduce them to new characters and experiences. In return, they allow me to eat.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short story called Revenge of the Pharaoh. I think I was about eight or nine when I wrote it and back then I had no intention of writing for a living. Funny how life works out, huh? The story was about two archaeologists in Egypt. I don't remember much but I think whatever they were after cursed them. I do remember that one guy took a hammer and chisel to the other guy's rib cage at the end. Geez...and I was so young. What were my parents feeding me?
What is your writing process?
I love this question because I'm not sure that I really have one. I just sort of 'do.' Sometimes I'm on the laptop, sometimes the desktop, sometimes its just a good old fashioned pen and paper. There are also times when I dictate or edit from my phone. I don't work at a particular time of day either. Sometimes I'll write in the morning, the evening, in bed, at a desk, on the couch, in the park, at Panera...I never did really develop a system. I just...write.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My partner. He is truly amazing. He seems to work 24/7 by juggling time with his three sons, his day job and his Navy Reserve job. He constantly puts others before himself and even when the mountain gets steep, he keeps climbing. He is an inspiration to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Kindle all the way!
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an image or idea in my head that I describe to a graphic artist. However, I purposely don't give them too much detail because I want to allow them the freedom to do what they do best and be artists. Many times, there might be a theme or image that comes to mind when I think of the project. In that case, I mention it to the artist and tell them the genre of the book. Sometimes I even provide a brief synopsis so they can get a feel for the tone of the piece. They may not even read that part for all I know but so far, I've been satisfied with every piece I've requested. Sometimes they even exceed my expectations.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on three different projects. One is a science-fiction/horror novel called ELM12. The second piece I'm working on is called Confessions of a Female Serial Killer and the third project is a non-fiction eBook on minimalism. I have several other novel and short story ideas but there simply isn't enough time in a day to get everything done.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of non-fiction eBooks. I love to learn and once I become interested in a topic, I become determined to learn everything I can about it. I think it's important that we keep an open mind, continue to learn and constantly try to better ourselves each day.
When did you first start writing?
I was very young when I first started writing. It started out with poetry and a short story or two but I never took it seriously until a much later age. I think deep down I knew I was meant to be a writer my whole life. Every time I left the movie theater my imagination would be running wild with 'what if' scenarios. What if the bad guy won? Got the girl? What if this character hadn't died? What if this character had died? What if this event didn't go according to plan?
My mind would go and go, dreaming up new plots and twists. It wasn't until my late teenage years than I began to take a more serious interest in these mental ramblings.
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