While writing Seasons of Fate, I tried to imagine how I wanted the cover to look, and incorporate the book into the scene I chose. In this case, Seasons, well my characters name is Summer, and the book is about Fate, What better depiction of the summer months as a beautiful sunset, and the ocean is mentioned in the story, so in my mind I had already pictured the cover whilst writing the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's hard to answer, I love all sorts of genres but I am a total romantic so I need the love story, whether that's Alpha billionaires, Rock Stars, The Guy next door, Vampires, Werewolves, Aliens, you name it, I'll read it as long as there's a love story but, if I had to choose it would be Fifty Shades of Grey, The Crossfire Series, This Man trilogy, Gabriel s inferno, The Blackstone Trilogy, and just to throw in a supernatural series, A Shade of Vampire. All these books, share very strong characters, and amazing love stories, but I could probably go on and on, picking just five is impossible.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading, and I enjoy all sorts of stories, dependent on my mood and what I need at the time but I do review carefully before selecting my next reads, although I adore love stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle Paperwhite. Its amazing to read on and very simple to use.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well I have no idea at this point as this is the first time I have published, but with social media word seems to spread quickly and with avid readers word of mouth is great.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wales, UK. I can't say where I lived influenced my writing but being able to imagine stories and characters based on the places I have seen makes a story more realistic.
When did you first start writing?
Well I have always enjoyed writing since I was in school, but due to other commitments I have never really thought about pursuing it further, until now. I have had ideas in my head for a while I just needed a push to actually follow my dream.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its a love story, about fate and where it leads us. The characters come from very different backgrounds but neither is really happy until they find the other, its a sweet story and I enjoyed writing it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted the freedom to write what I wanted, and bring my ideas to life. I had a great support network who helped me through this amazing experience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing about characters who aren't perfect, who deserve to be happy, but also that readers can empathize with. Sometimes a story can be a bit out there, but other times we need the fantasy to take us away from our own lives.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am a true believer in thanking an author for the work they do, as a fan myself I make a point of letting the author know if I have enjoyed their work, as a new author I am hoping that I will be able to say the same about myself and gain some fans of my own. That would truly be a huge accomplishment for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh goodness I'm not sure if I can answer that, there would be too many to write down, but just to name a couple, E L Todd, Kristie Cook, Bella Forrest, Derrolyn Anderson, Erica Stevens, J.S Taylor, Lena Black, Melody Grace, Shelly Crane, E L James, Tess Oliver, Steph Nuss, Melody Ann, Sylvia Day, Oh goodness I could keep going.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well I have a young daughter so she pretty much inspires me to get up each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I spend a huge amount of time with my daughter, doing all sorts and then when I have time for myself I read, it gives me peace and quiet so I can relax.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search online, I get recommendations, I look for new authors, and I subscribe to websites who issue details for books I may enjoy.
What are you working on next?
A love story about dancers, but I can't say more than that yet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, it was a story about a young girl who dreamed of being famous, but I was in my teens so it wasn't great.
What is your writing process?
I usually have ideas bouncing around in my head for a long time before they solidify into actual characters and the world they live in, but once I have those confirmed I work the story and plot around them.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can actually say that it was the Princess in the Tower, or re named Rapunzel. Of course every girl dreams of love and a prince to sweep you off your feet, I suppose that's why I'm a hopeless romantic.
Describe your desk
Well, its made of glass, has several shelves for my printer and scanner, and wraps around the office providing plenty of space.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well I'm hoping that they can help put my book out there, to a wider range of readers. I guess time will tell.
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