It is very hard for me to get the right design for a cover. I am very non-traditional and I do not want my books to look like anything on the shelves. I steer clear of the expected. I do a lot of conceptual designs based on the content of the book and go from there. I typically wont title the book until I have the right concept in mind. Having a background graphic design and visual communication assists me in my developmental stages.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything!!! My most favorite author, however, is Eric Jerome Dickey. I enjoy his writings very much. I typically read just about everything I can in my leisure. Art books, magazines, poetry collections, and books on how to be a better writer. I recently read a book on the different styles of poetry so that I can better hone my craft and learn about structure and formatting. Most people believe that expression is an art (true enough) but even with art there are fundamentals you must learn in order to venture out on your own.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
E-reading is something very new to me. I am still a "book-in-hand" type person. However, I do have a Galaxy 10 Tablet and I have both Nook and Kindle apps downloaded and I have enjoyed my experiences with them on this device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I pretty much use other social networking site like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I utilize them all together and advertise my sales, discounts, and new announcement. I find that people do well with identifying with short clips of information and graphics or images attached to them assist in the registering of information.
Describe your desk
This is the best question ever! I don't have a desk. I write on the fly. I use my laptop, tablet, cell phone, paper, whatever is at my access. I plan on getting a desk though... soon enough and Im sure it will be junkie and productively cluttered. :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Prince George's County Maryland. I started writing when I was 10, I guess my childhood allowed me to be creative enough where I could write about my experiences growing up. I didn't have an easy childhood so there was a lot to write and draw about.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry at the age of ten. It was simple rhyming at first, then as I kept at it, my poetry became more complicated and developed. I have since expanded to short stories and novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is entitled "Cries of an Angel" is a re-release from 2007 that I edited and brought back out in 2013. This book is a book of poetry based on love, relationships, and rebuilding. The book is broken down into three chapters, In the beginning, What feels like death, and Resurrection. It goes through the trials and tribulations of falling in and out of love and then starting over again. Its full of relatable prose and verses.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to share my works and thoughts but I didn't want to fool with agents and publishing companies taking part of my royalties and I end up with nothing. I found Lulu.com in 2007 and I decided to give it a shot. I was proud of my accomplishment, even though my book was riddled with typos and capitalized paragraphs. I honestly had no idea what I was doing. Now however, I have done a much better job on my last two books and they are selling magnificently. I have saved on marketing and advertisement. Although it is much harder to sell on my own, I am very proud to be an Indie Author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love telling a story. I enjoy the reaction of the reader and how they get engrossed in the story and become "one" with the character. It is such a wonderful filling to have others travel journey with you that you created from your mind. Its a mental road trip.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!!! I would be nothing without them and would have no purpose or reason to write. They are my motivation and my foundation. I love them.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on several projects. I have an idea for a three series novel, a children's book, and tween book. But the very next two projects will be a sequel to Deviant: An Angel's Private Thoughts called Still Deviant II (2014), its another book of erotic short stories. I am also working on a collaborative project with several other great indie authors on a erotic short story book called Tipsy off Lust (2014).
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