Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I can remember reading was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. My father used to read it to me all the time. As I got older, he would let me read some of it. After that I fell in love with fairy tales and science fiction. The first series of books I ever purchased on my own and read in completion was Harry Potter. I fell in love with the characters and the world J.K. Rowling created. As I got older, my taste in books grew spreading out into different genres, including romance novels. It was then I fell in love with with the characters of those stories. I wanted to be them. I wanted to live in their world. I have always been creative. Art and books go hand in hand for me. When I read Gabriel's Inferno, it sealed my fate. I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to share the stories I had lingering around in my mind. I was going to become an author.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only Five? My favorites in romance would be Carnage by Lesley Jones, Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas, Torrent by Gemma James, and Archer's voice by Mia Sheridan. I love Carnage. Lesley is an amazing writer. Her books are real and come to life with such clarity, it's amazing. Cameron King is delicious, and the way he loves so intensely makes my heart flutter. Gabriel's Inferno is a beautifully rich story. I love the way Dante's Inferno intertwines with Gabriel's life. He finds his Beatrice, but unlike Dante, he's able to keep her. This man is fast paced and incredibly well written. I would love to have a membership at the Manor with the Lord. Torrent is dark and twisted. Not all stories are fairy tales or sweet. Sometimes the darkness makes for the best story. Archer's voice is one of my favorite's because it demonstrates how love is blind. It's not judgmental. I love how Archer is able to overcome his disability. He doesn't let it define him. Instead, he defines how it affects him. It's very uplifting and empowering.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my kindle. It's really an appendage at this point.
Describe your desk
Small. It's way too small. It's only wide enough to hold my laptop and my drink of choice. It's taller, and I have the shelves filled with books. I need a bigger desk or perhaps my own office.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northwest Indiana. I believe it has influenced me a lot. I love Chicago and the excitement the city brings. I also love the quaint town I live in near Lake Michigan. I grew up with the beach, and I absolutely love it. I don't think I can ever live too far from water. I need sand between my toes.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K Rowling is at the top of my list. Then there's also Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Lewis Carroll, Lesley Jones, John Green, Jodi Ellen Malpas, and so many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My automatic response to this would be my family. I would do anything for them. However, sometimes it's the urge to use the bathroom that wakes me first. ;)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend my time reading, painting, relaxing with my family, or taking my dogs for walks on the beach.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
That's a good question. I tend to follow blogs. I love suggestions for new reads. I also browse on my own, and read reviews. I don't just search for five star reviews. There has been quite a few times I've purchased a book because of it's one star review.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I could do it. I wanted to do it on my own. I wanted to be in control of my thoughts and ideas through the entire process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to escape into a world of my own creation. I love the thrills I get from the characters, and the immense emotions I go through as we create their journey together.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on Light, which will be the second and final book of the Shadows series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe I was in third grade. We had to create a short story about an inanimate object. I chose to write mine about a pencil who made friends with an eraser. It was rather sad at the end.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I do keep a notebook in my desk drawer in case I have a word vomit of ideas for later on in my story. Other than that, I write what comes to me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Eve is your average girl next door. She's beautiful in her own way and is very content with the way things are going in her life right now. Everything changes when she meets a very handsome stranger. Theron is the son of a cut-throat businessman who always gets what he wants. The only thing he was never able to tame was his son. Theron leaves the world his dad created behind, and devotes his time to his crazy eccentric grandma. When Theron and Eve meet, their world's collide and they are sent on a roller coaster ride of heartache and secrets.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. I will read YA, NA, contemporary, science fiction, paranormal, dystopian, romance, etc.
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