Book Two of A Dragon's Grace. Working title is The Forgotten Ones. I'm super excited about this book. It introduces so many interesting characters. I can't wait for people to meet them!
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King is my idol. He takes so many risks and they pay off every time. Jude Deveraux for her honesty and impeccable writing. Dean Koontz because he freaking rocks. Octavia Butler. Hands down one of the best Science Fiction writers of our time. May she rest in peace.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My book, my world that I have created and playing in it. Needless to say it is my family that motivates me to actually GET out of bed, but it is my book that drives me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have three children, a house, chickens, cats (including the feral colony in the empty lot next to our house) a husband and wonderful friends. So I am either cleaning up after something, chasing someone/thing, picking up or dropping off someone or running away from it all with one of my besties or my sweet hubby.
What would I PREFER to do with my time? READ
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I rely a little too much on Amazon's Free or under $3 lists. Sometimes I use Goodreads. More often than not I just peruse.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
LOL! Actually I do. It was the year I turned 13. Hurricane Hugo was pounding the coast of North Carolina and we were smack dab in the middle of its incredibly destructive path. I wrote a ghost story called The Gray Man. It was about a man from the 1800's who had not heeded Mother Nature's warning and went walking on the beach as a hurricane made landfall. His body was never found, but some say when a hurricane is coming you can see the Gray Man walking the beaches of Cherry Grove.
How do you approach cover design?
I LOVE cover design. I was a graphic designer of sorts for a short span of time. Absolutely fell in love with the process. My friend Ann Dorn (who made my idea a reality with Book One's cover) and I often joke about going down to the pixel level. She calls it our krack, and I have to agree. I love graphic design!
As to how I approach it.....I let my mind wander, allowing the story to flow, as a whole, through my mind's eye. Then I start by putting my name and the title of the book on a blank cover page in my mind and images begin to appear on their own. It's not very scientific. It's very intuitive and it works for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have favorites. I rarely read books more than once and quite honestly, I don't play favorites. If I love it as I'm reading it that is my favorite book. If I can completely immerse myself in the world the author is trying to create, you've got me. But if the next book I pick up is equally as good: my new favorite!
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, romance with a good plot and fun story line. Erotica if it's good and I really try to read as many Indies as possible. I tend to shy away from Young Adult but I totally got sucked into the Mortal Instruments series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle and have the app on my phone, but I don't really have a preference.
Describe your desk
Um, a mess.
Pens and papers everywhere, pictures of dragons and wolves on the walls, drawings I've done to release creative energies, my hat when it's cold. Right now there are two Chinese lanterns laying askew on a stack of reference books. For those who care the reference books are: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference and A Pocket Guide to Correct Grammar.
Oh! I can't forget the candles! My creative space is never complete without a fire hazard or three.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many places. I was born in Seattle, WA and lived there until I was eleven. As a matter of fact it was a week or two after my eleventh birthday that we pulled up stakes, fueled up the converted Greyhound bus we called home and left for CA. Which soon turned into a cross-country trek that eventually landed us in NC. I spent my formative years in NC and loved every minute of it. I guess with one of my main characters being in GA you could say that my love of the southern way of life and the land itself came from living there.
When did you first start writing?
I believe I was twelve or thirteen. I thought I was a poet!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I started on the path to writing an actual book, I realized that to find an agent/publisher my plot and story would either need to be ramped up and turned into erotica, or downgraded to YA. I don't fit into any genre. I wanted full creative power over my cover art and story content. My story is good as it is. I didn't want to change it to please anyone else.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sheer thrill of a new scene. I love how the images flood my mind and flow out through my fingertips like paint, gliding onto fresh canvas. It's erotic and emotional and a hell of a lot of fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
My story is meant to be read, and without fans, my story is just a pile of paper in the corner. Fans are everything. What is a sunset without someone to share it with? What does the tender touch of a child mean with no mother to reach out to? Without my fans my story means nothing.
What is your writing process?
Butt in chair. (Thanks Nick) No, seriously, Butt In Chair. I can plot till my eyes fall out, imagine my scenes and characters, give them backstories and jilted lovers, but if I don't plant my butt in that chair and WRITE, it's all for naught.
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