Outlander--the whole series. So rich in detail, and the human interactions are compelling. Clan of the Cave Bear, and Valley of the Horses. Again, rich in detail and compelling relationships. Twilight. Yes, I admit it. Very satisfying reads. Most books by Neil Gaiman, he is just so fun and quirky. I always look for new books by Scott Westerfeld, too. He invents believable worlds.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get lost in. It has to be a compelling story, with believable characters. You know what I couldn't put down? The Strain series by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Frightened me to bits, and kept me up all night. But I love a good love story, too. Heck, I'll read just about anything.
How do you approach cover design?
I am friends with a local artist (Sandra Spencer) who paints horses and people, so this was a no-brainer. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for my next book!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a hardback kind of gal. I am grateful for the invention of portable devices, but old-fashioneded enough to find comfort in the smell and weight of a paper book.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since middle school. Awful, awful books--but I did finish them. None of this notes that never lead anywhere stuff--write, and finish. Even if it's terrible. I am so glad those early works never saw the light of day outside of my notebooks. But I learned a fair amount of what didn't work, so they were helpful.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love a good cat-and-mouse story. In the vein of Sleuth, or Mousetrap, where you think one person holds all the cards, but in reality something entirely different is going down. Yeah. That's my next book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I had a good story, but didn't want to put the years in to finding an agent and then a publisher. Because I've heard a lot of anecdotes of other people who wasted way too much time on projects that never ended up getting published. I figure just throw my book out into the world, and if it's good, it will succeed on its own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating people who I wish I knew in the real world. There's so many possibilities, and so many things you can invent and then bring to life through words.
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