I love science fiction and fantasy. My all-time favorite book is Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings.' I think I've read everything Tolkien wrote and have them all on my bookshelves!
Scott Orson Card's 'Ender' series is also another of my favorites.
Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey, and Isaac Asimov are also right near the top of my list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love to write and I'm also a narrator of Amazon Audible audio books. I love reading aloud so much that I've read the entire 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' out loud twice in my life. Once for my sisters and once for my daughters. One day, when my grand-kids get a little older, I'll read those books to them as well.
Looking out of the windows from where I live in beautiful Colorado, I get to see the Rocky Mountains every day. I could never get tired of that view. It inspires me with the beauty of creation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time recording and editing my narration projects and I love just sitting and chatting with my daughters and taking long walks in the Colorado sunshine.
I also read... a lot!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
As an author and a narrator, I have a lot of friends on social media who write as well so I read their books and write reviews to help get their work noticed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, it was too long ago! But I do remember writing a horror story once for a school English class. My teacher had confided in me that she kept my stories until last to read and grade because she enjoyed them so much. She lived alone in a little apartment in Johannesburg and, after she read the story, she told me that she didn't get a wink of sleep that night and kept hearing noises in her apartment. The story took her by surprise because I'd never written one like that before. Poor Miss Buss! :D
What is your writing process?
In the world of authors there tend to be 'planners' and 'pantsers.' Needless to say, the planners plan out the whole book and the pantsers 'fly by the seat of their pants,' letting the story unfold as they write.
While I have a good idea of what the story is about and plan as much as I can using what I already know, my characters are really the ones who write the story. I can't tell you how many times I was merrily typing away and one of the characters would come up with a twist that I didn't expect! I'd just sit there thinking "Wow! Where did THAT come from? I didn't know that!"
It certainly makes the process more fun.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that I remember making an impact on me was 'The Ship That Flew' by Hilda Lewis. It's a very old book and I don't know if it's even still available but that tiny, magic ship took my imagination on such amazing journeys that I can never forget it and I still have a copy of it on my bookshelves. It's one of my most prized possessions!
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate to be a graphic designer as well as a writer. My first job when I was just 17 was designing and drawing advertising for the drive-in movie theaters we used to love going to when I lived in South Africa.
One of my favorite tasks as I was writing 'Silver Lightning' was designing the cover art. I have drawn Alex's character to look like my grandson might look when he's in his mid-teens.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My family bought me a Kindle a few years ago. I love to read real, physical books but I do love my Kindle as well because it's so quick and easy to buy books and have them available to read instantly and I can hold a whole library's worth of books in the palm of my hand!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I spend quite a lot of time online and write a blog at WordPress and linked it to Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. I have an author page on Facebook as well as a personal page and share a lot on there. Thanks to these, my online presence has grown a lot (just Google my name!) and my blog has grown to well over 1,000 followers in only 6 months.
Describe your desk
My actual desk is taken up with all of my recording gear for my narration. I write and do just about everything else from my laptop, usually sitting with my feet up on the couch! :D
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