Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was J.R.R Tolkein's "The Hobbit". It gave me a great appreciation for writing. Not only that, but it created in me a love for fantasy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that looks good. I don't like to read in just one particular genre. If it's a biography, a fantasy story, a non-fiction book on science, or a magazine about archaeology, and it looks interesting, I will read it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android! No seriously, you can download e-readers for free to your phone these days.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, marketing myself on social media has been a great help. Building your brand and getting yourself 'out there' are essential if you want people to know about you and your books.
Describe your desk
My desk looks a lot like a dining room table. *laugh* That's because it is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midwest where I was surrounded by nature. I've spent my whole life getting out into the forest, the mountains, the hills, the water....doesn't matter as long as I'm outside. Even the snow can be a lot of fun. I feel this connection with the earth that I can carry over into my work, and you'll see that often.
When did you first start writing?
I've always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I was about 12, I started writing short stories which are still my favorite format to write in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about embracing your sexuality and combining that with elements of the supernatural. Two of my favorite things!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love for writing definitely. I always knew I didn't want to write a "normal" book, so being an indie author is important to me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows me to write the books I want and gives me great ease in publishing my work.
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