My main motivator for being an indie author was the creative control. If I want to change the cover, I can upload a new one in minutes. If I make a mistake that needs fixing, I can have it rectified within hours. If I was traditionally published, I would have to wait weeks, or even months, for the errors to be sorted out.
Another big factor was the sense of community amongst indie authors in general. We all stick together and help each other out, lifting spirits, commiserating and generally having a good time. With traditional publishing, that community spirit isn't always there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've only just joined Smashwords, but if the recommendations to come here are anything to go by, they'll massively contribute by widening the amount of readers I reach.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is being able to explore all the darker sides of human nature. I like to examine the impulses that drive people to commit terrible acts, the urges to do things they really shouldn't, or even simply face my own fears through my writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. They're the ones who keep me sat at my desk, typing away, when all I want to do is hide. They give me inspiration, comfort, and cheer me on when I'm flagging. I love them all!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on part two of The Walker Chronicles, as well as a couple of other stories that have been bouncing around for a while.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ooh, this is my favourite question!
I love Kelley Armstrong, Anne Bishop, David Eddings, Richelle Mead, Lilith SaintCrow, Stacia Kane, Raymond E. feist, Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton, David Gemmell, Harry Harrison, Anne McCaffrey, Trudi Canavan, Terry Pratchett, Deborah Harkness, Christopher Stasheff and Derek Landy.
Each and every one of them has had some influence on the way I view the world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's cliche, but it's my husband and children.
Every single day, they inspire me in new ways, show me the way that they see the world and help create new worlds on pieces of paper with just a few words. They're my magic ingredient and I love them to bits.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read an insane amount of books, but I read quickly so it's not really surprising. I also like to go out for walks in my local park. I find nature is very calming and soothing when I'm getting annoyed at my writing so I try to go out as often as possible. I also like Ice-Skating, lurking on Reddit, and meeting my friends for a quiet coffee somewhere.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally through writing forums or friend recommendation. I tend to buy work from indie authors more often than not these days, but I still hold a soft spot for some of the first authors I came across, even though they're traditionally published, and am slowly building a collection of their books in e-book format.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a girl who accidentally killed Santa Claus when I was 9, and I drew a cover of him being stuck in the chimney. Strangely, that won me a competition at school!
What is your writing process?
I generally get an idea for a story at stupid o' clock in the morning, spend half an hour or so frantically scribbling it down in as much detail as I can, and the next morning, look at it again. If it still sounds good, I'll just sit down and write.
I've tried outlining work to get a longer story but I find that outlining makes my brain want to crawl out of my ears, so I just sit down and write whatever comes into my head while looking at the note I scribbled for myself the night before.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. It blew my imagination wide open. Suddenly I started imagining all the ways in which that world could work if only one little detail was slightly different. Then I started writing those ideas down. I think I still have those stories somewhere.
Anyway, that book started me on my journey to becoming a writer.
What do you read for pleasure?
I generally read paranormal romance and urban fantasy. They just appeal to me, maybe because they're written in first person generally and that makes them relatable.
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