Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first books I ever remember reading was one that was read to me. My father used to read to me "The Piggy in the Puddle" by Charlotte Pomerantz before bed when I was very young. I loved the playfulness of the story and the laughs my father and I shared together. There was nothing greater than that moment, and a book was the cause of those great moments. I never wanted to loose that feeling and loved the idea of being able to create those moments for others.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design, to me, is very important. It represents the book in a way that helps to enhance the title and the way people interpret the book. Though you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, it is the first impression one gets, and just like the presentation of a meal, it can be just as important as what is between the front and back cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz. Some of my best childhood moments with my dad was spent while reading this book. It's fun, silly and has a lot of happy moments attached to it.
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli. I've never been one for recreating stories finding the originals to be the only version to read until this book. This interpretation of the classic Beauty and the Beast story opened my world to new possibilities. The imagery and story telling captivated me and I fell more in love with the book as I continued to read.
Second Chance by Lori Handeland. This was my first ever romance novel and the story has stuck with me all these years. Whenever I need a good comfort novel I turn to this book. My passions for writing with elements of both love and excitement sparked while reading this book and it still brings a flutter in my heart each time I read it.
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schiltz. When my daughter was just old enough to really listen to a book, we read this one together. It was her first chapter book and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. It's short, sweet, and delightful. This book showed me that you don't have to write a 30 chapter novel to accomplish a great story. Sometimes the best ones are a little one simple with a lot of heart put into it.
The Lavinia and Tobias Trilogy by Amanda Quick. I know this isn't one book, but I couldn't help but putting the whole trilogy. These were some of the first books I ever read by Amanda Quick and because of her writing style, the delicious romance and the engaging mysteries of her historical novels, I have been an avid read of her books and series. There is nothing better that a great historical romance with a bit of mystery, unless you add in some paranormal like in her Arcane Society books. She's likely to be one of my most favorite writers for all my life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Honestly, my choice of reading material is based on my mood. I love romance, mystery, historical, paranormal, poetry and even children's books of all ages.
Recently, I've been enjoying young reader chapter books with my daughter. I sometimes grow impatient for bedtime and will sneek a few chapters in and just reread them later with her.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Though I prefer paper books over e-readers, I typically use my iPhone or iPad. I've been considering getting a kindle, but find myself in the bookstores more often than on the iBook store.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing since I was a little girl, writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. My passion for it grew more as I entered into High School and had a creative writing class with a published author, Miss Elizabeth Weaver. She nurtured my love for the literary arts and helped inspire my desire to pursue it as a life long career and hobby.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's a lot of joy that comes from writing. I'm able to express myself on a whole new level that verbal communication limits. The worlds that are stuck in my mind are out and can be enjoyed by so many others. Knowing that I am doing something that I truly love and my daughter can be proud of, there's nothing better than that. It allows me to be true to myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
The few fans that I have, they mean the world to me. They encourage me to keep writing and pursuing my dreams. My fans show me that I am doing something write, bringing joy and emotion to them and helping them to escape from their day to day lives. I may write to express myself, but I write for their entertainment. Without them, my works would only linger in my computer and on my note pads.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, or at my day job, I enjoy my time with my Husband and Daughter. Spending time with them and rejuvenating myself are often my most cherished moments each day. My husband supports me in all that I do, loving me unconditionally and my daughter brightens my world with all that she does. Family is important to me and all that I do is because of them.
What are you working on next?
Thought I've mostly only worked on short stories, my first novel is a YA book inspired by the old Grimm story The Rabbit's Bride. It's set in a renaissance like time period with a teenage girl, Edna, getting tired of her life and her responsibilities. When a Rabbit Knight comes around and promises her adventure and a change of scenery she discovers new things about herself, her talents, and what she is really looking for in life.
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