I listened to an episode of the Smart Author podcast with Mark Coker, and it occurred to me that for the last 15 years, all I've wanted to do is write and publish a novel, hopefully the first of many. I knew that many indie authors were publishing electronically, but for whatever reason I had never thought of doing it myself. Listening to Mark's podcast made me realize that Smashwords would be a great place to get my fiction out into the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. During my 20s, I wrote some fairly popular fanfiction, and my readers were the greatest support system, more than I expected and more than I ever could have hoped for. Through interacting with my fanfiction readers, I've met some incredibly talented people and made some extraordinary friends. I can't wait to see who I'll meet through my original fiction.
What are you working on next?
I have five novels on the go in various degrees of process, plus a long list of developing ideas.
Who are your favorite authors?
Vladimir Nabokov, Jonathan Franzen, Charlotte Bronte, Stephen King, Anne Tyler, Jane Austen, Mordecai Richler, Ian McEwan, Neil Gaiman, and Elmore Leonard.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a freelancer, I help manage the grounds of the orchard I live on, I read, I swim for exercise, I draw and paint, I spend time with my many pets, and I play video games.
How do you approach cover design?
I will entrust cover design of my books to my very dear and talented friend, Brittany Lynn. Usually she'll ask me if I have any ideas, but I trust her artistic instincts and I'm apt to give her full creative control.
When did you first start writing?
I earliest I can remember writing is when I was six-years-old. I would sit down at our tiny Macintosh computer and try to write out movies I'd seen, including Casper and Pocahontas. Eventually I moved into writing original fiction, but I can't quite recall when that was exactly.
Describe your desk
My desk faces the window looking South out onto the trees and the mountains of the Kootenays. A multi-coloured sparkle lamp sits to my left, and four Inko-Pop Dolls sit to my right; from left to right, they are Jareth, Cersei, Moriarty, and Ripley. They stand on top of a wood plaque that reads, "I'm not a morning person and I don't do perky before noon," a birthday gift from a friend. My coffee sits on a Portal 2 coaster. I have a beautiful hand-painted paper weight of two goldfish on black, and my bunny rabbit Chloe bops around my feet as I work. I work with a laptop and another monitor, and the wallpaper on both screens are photos taken in Fort Augutus, Scotland. A laminated picture of Michael Sheen as David Frost is taped to the bottom of bigger monitor; the captain on the picture reads: "Throw the clipboard down."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Living new lives, meeting new people, exploring new worlds.
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