I follow several blogs, but word of mouth is a great thing. I have some amazing friends that read great stuff so there's never a lack of suggestions for me to one-click. Also, I have so many favorite authors that are always putting out great new stuff.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in second grade and it was an alien book for a Young Author's competition.
What is your writing process?
I outline usually, then make a playlist. Music is key for me. Then I send a few chapters at a time to my girls and they read catching simple errors or keeping me on task with the plot.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I do remember the first one that made a huge impact on me. Island of the Blue Dolphins. I read over and over again.
How do you approach cover design?
I had a awesome friend of mine do the original cover designs which are hung over my desk. The new covers are done by IndieVention. We usually come up with a general idea of what would fit the book and go from there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Chocolate Lovers By Tara Sivec because it is real life and funny as hell. One Ride by Chelsea Camaron because I love the hell out of a good MC book Knight By Kristen Ashley because hell he's all alpha baby! This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas because Jesse Ward is a total GOD The Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig because oh the mind f*ck that was! I loved Tony and hated him all at the same time!
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, Erotica, and all that yummy smuttiness! Gimmie a yummy bad boy!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I bounce. I have a Kindle Fire, when it goes dead I have an IPad and an Iphone and if I get really desperate my laptop and TV have access.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook a lot but I have some great blogs that do a lot for me promotion wise.
Describe your desk
HA! My desk is never cleaned off. My lap top is usually on a tv tray or on my lap in bed. :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just outside of St. Louis, over the river in Illinois. I have a series based in STL. I love the area and have moved around a lot so it made Shaft very fun to write.
When did you first start writing?
I think I always have. My grandmother always said all she had to do to occupy me was give me paper and a pen. I didn't start writing to publish though until two years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I'm working on now, is based on a tattoo artist you meet in Shaft on Tour. It's the first in a spin off called Artistic Pricks Ink.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My family and friends telling me that I needed to put myself out there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll let you know, it's still new to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing characters to life. I have posts and messages on Facebook all the time for my characters. Pictures of things they like or things they would say, they truly have lives of their own.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! Though I won't call them 'fans'. I fangirl over authors and I just don't see them doing that for me.
What are you working on next?
I am currently re-working a series I got the rights back from a publisher to put out under Cat Mason, and the Artistic Pricks Ink series. There of course is more Shaft coming as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tara SIvec, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Aleatha Romig, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis, Chelsea Camaron, Maya Banks just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my books, life in general.
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