There are too many to list! It tends to be the author I'm currently reading. As of today - that's Diana Gabaldon, as I'm reading her latest in the Outlander series. I tend to like authors with great writing 'voices' like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. To me, they are the masters of the craft. Any author that can take me outside of the real world for a little bit, gets my vote as a favorite - even if just for the moment.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a fairly pro sleeper, so I could stay in bed all day if it were an option. Unfortunately, necessities of life require that I hold a job outside of writing - so the alarm often reminds me every morning that I need to sell more books...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy movies; binge watching TV series' on Netflix - Supernatural being a recent favorite; I'm a former musician, and listen to all kinds of music; I also love design/interior decorating, and am often doing some sort of home-improvement project.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote, was actually co-written by a classmate with me in the third grade. I can't remember exactly what it was about, but I do remember there were lots of horses in it. It was a phase. I think all little girls go through a horse phase...
What is your writing process?
Unfortunately, I'm only a summer writer. I live in Northern Ohio, and the climate only allows outdoor activities for a limited number of months per year. I have an enclosed patio on the back of my house that is my favorite writing space. I do need to work on being able to write anytime, anywhere.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My father used to read to me from Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, and also The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It fueled my lifelong love of being read to - which is why I am a huge fan and supporter of audiobooks. My full length novel, Indigo, is currently in production for an audiobook version, and I am excited to have my work in that format.
How do you approach cover design?
For my full-length novel, Indigo, I worked with a very talented graphic designer to create the cover. Creating a good cover is harder than it appears, as it has to convey the spirit of the story and grab the reader's eye right away. For my short stories, the same applies - try to sum up the idea of the story, and grab the reader's attention as quickly as possible.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the Kindle since I can read from any device with the Cloud Reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth by readers is always the best. I've also found giveaways on Goodreads to be very successful.
Describe your desk
Oh. It's a total mess!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The current book I'm working on is called Ghosting. It's about an autistic boy who can communicate with other autistics through an action called "ghosting." He uses that talent to try to help locate a missing autistic girl. Like my other novel Indigo, it's hard to describe, but is an exciting ride.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a control freak, especially when it comes to my creativity. I wanted to be able to control every aspect of the process. It's definitely been a learning experience!
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