I grew up wanting to be a writer but life led me down a different path and I let my dream of being an author fall by the wayside. Then about four years ago I got into fanfiction. Writing again and sharing my passion with others was like coming home after a long absence. I hadn't realized how much I missed writing until I picked it back up. Later on, I Goodreads and realized that quite a few of the fanfic authors I follow also published original works. I reached out to a few of them and picked their brains on how to best transition from fanfiction to published indie author and here I am .
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating an entire world and cast of characters and then getting to share them with people. The ability to touch someone I've never met using the power of the written word, to make them laugh or cry, to get them emotionally invested in the story is amazing. I'm constantly humbled that people choose to spend their free time reading my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Readers are inspiration and motivation. People say you should write for yourself and I do, but it means more to me than I can even say when someone enjoys what I've written. To know that I made people happy, that's a blessing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The power of possibility. You never know what the day is going to bring you and unless you get up and greet it you never will.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By word of mouth, Booklikes, Leafmarks or Goodreads.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. It’s the first book I remember being able to read all the way through on my own so it has a special place in my heart.
2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I discover something new about myself every single time I read it. My perspective on the events and my feelings about the characters change as I get older (and hopefully wiser).
3. Blubber by Judy Blume. That book had such an impact on my childhood self. I felt so bad for Linda that I promised myself that I’d never be that mean to anyone ever. I’ve done my best to keep that promise.
4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, because it taught me about life, death, friendship and that hero’s come in all shapes, sizes and species.
5. Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I still can’t read this book without tearing up. Old Dan and Little Ann taught me about me about courage and sacrifice. They were hard lessons for my little self to learn but I’ve never forgotten them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love fiction and can be reading anyone from Mark Twain to Toni Morrison at any given moment. I'm also a sucker for a good romance novel so there's a lot of Rhys Ford, Heidi Cullinan, Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey lying around. I'm fascinated by people so autobiographies are abundant in my house. I'm a history enthusiasts so I love reading about the past. Feminist theory and books about GLBT issues also make the list.
Describe your desk
Oh it's a mess! My "desk" is actually a computer table from Walmart I put together myself. I am not the most handy individual so it's leaning to one side and a little wonky. It's so cluttered; my desktop and my laptop (don't ask okay) are both on there as well as my house phone, snacks, an ever present cup of coffee, pens, Post-It notes with story ideas or pieces of dialogue, the remote control, and my cell phone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm an Army brat with southern roots. I've lived quite a few different places so I've experienced other cultures and had my eyes opened to other points of view and belief systems, but my family is very much "stereotypical conservative south" so there's always been a bit of a conflict for me with what I've been taught and what I've discovered I believe for myself. My writing is a blend of that. I explore traditional/conventional values and themes but my with what are commonly perceived as less traditional/conventional couples and situations.
When did you first start writing?
It feels like I've been writing stories since I was old enough to master my letters. My mom has spiral notebooks from when I was a kid filled with all sorts of little stories that I'd dreamed up.
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