When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm probably at my real job. Numbers. Spreadsheets. Casual dress. A definitive lack of smut. ;)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My friends have a million suggestions for me, usually. I love to read, but I just don't get to do it as much as I'd like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I still HAVE the first story I wrote. That bad boy is bound up in a binder and sitting in a fire proof cabinet. I've had it since third grade, and I swear I could rewrite it into a badass YA novel. Maybe one day...
What is your writing process?
Outline, outline, outline some more, outline again, then write. I love knowing exactly where the story is going and how it'll play out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read so many stories as a kid, but the first novel I read was Jurassic Park and, oh my god, it changed my life. I was the 4th grader reading Jurassic Park and then Rising Sun. Rising Sun...is not a novel for children, hehe. But I loved thrillers, and I loved the feel of a big thick book in my hand. Got me through a LOT of boring days at school.
How do you approach cover design?
Oh, this one is easy. I make my husband do it! I have absolutely no eye for graphic design. He's wonderful for designing them for me, so so supportive.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Riddle Master of Hed by Patrica A Mckillip--Absolutely gorgeous writing and world-building
2) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee--PERFECTLY Compelling dialogue in her court room scene. I have such a crush on Atticus, it isn't even funny.
3) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare--This play taught me how to write conspiracies and political plots, it's brilliant
4) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss--Again, wonderful writing and world building
5) Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters--This book is what influenced me to write erotica, highly recommended!
Describe your desk
A piece of cardboard. Oh, it sounds horrible, but I write on my laptop, and I grabbed it one day instead of resting the computer on a notepad. Haven't looked back!
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing. When I was a kid, I either wanted to be an astronomer or an author. Words trumped calculus. ;)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love having a completed book with a cover all ready to publish. There's something so satisfying in knowing I created something people will (hopefully) enjoy reading.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!! I'm still starting out, but I LOVE to hear if someone likes my work or if they'd like to see it go in a certain direction. It's amazing to share something I love doing with other people.
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