Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Ozarks, in a TINY place, couldn't call it a town by anyone's standards. My school, elementary through twelve grade, had a grand total of roughly a hundred students. There were about seven or eight people in my entire class. The numbers fluctuated a bit over the years, but I don't think we got over nine kids in our class at any time. There is so much about this experience at a small school that I loved. I wish everyone was so lucky. I have friendships with students and teachers that I will have my whole life long. I live on a cattle farm, also, and living the country life has certainly shaped the way that I see the world.
When did you first start writing?
A few years ago, about six, I think, I started writing fanfiction. I was horrible, LOL. But I loved it. Constructive criticism from readers also spurred me to take writing more seriously and helped me develop my thick skin. You cannot share your writing with the world without thick skin. Now, a few of my fanfictions are extremely popular. I cannot tell you which I like writing more: original fiction or fanfiction. They're both just too much fun.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been working with indie authors for over three years now and I knew that I could do it and I could be successful in this indie world. Having years of experience creating ebook covers, formatting ebooks and print books, doing advertising design, etc. I am at a bit of an advantage, because I don't have to rely upon a middle man at all. We'll see how it goes. :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The journey. I am most definitely a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of writer. I don't know the end when I write the beginning. I don't even know all of the characters. Isaac Burke, in The Sugar Babies, is a prime example. He wasn't in the first draft and then suddenly he was knocking at my door, waiting to come in.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. :D There's nothing better in the world than launching yourself physically into writing a book, then finding out that others not only like your finished work, they can relate to it as well.
What are you working on next?
I have four series in the works and they are all very different from each other. I'll be working on Book Two of The Sugar Babies, of course, but there is also my Heart of Worship series, which is targeted at a slightly older, new-adult audience. In the first book, Morning Glory, Nina and her son, Rory, travel the world in a christian band. In my Hand of the Potter series, we travel back in time and to Ireland, to two sisters and their stories. The first book in it is called As Clay, and honestly, it's my favorite book so far. The other is a young adult series based upon different fairy tales, with Christian morals and lessons added. The first in it is called Cinders and Ashes and is a retelling of Cinderella, based in Scotland.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have tons. My favorite indie author is absolutely, hands-down -- Rene D. Schultz. All of her books are amazing. I also love Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Tamora Pierce, Catherine Marshall, Gilbert and Lynn Morris, Suzanne Collins, and many, many, many more!! :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ah. Well, when you have a son in school, you don't really have a choice. I have to get up early and get him to the bus stop. Otherwise, I might sleep until ten at least.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Goodreads -- I use it a lot. I've found several there that I really love.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Um, yes. I still have it on my computer . . . it needs a lot of work. Hahaha.
What is your writing process?
For the most part, I just sit down and write. If I get stuck, I skip around to different chapters. I brainstorm a lot, using a notebook and the Richnote app on my phone, but I don't really outline. Not that there's anything wrong with outlines; my brain just doesn't function that way. I suppose I would just rather be surprised by how everything turns out.
How do you approach cover design?
I am glad you asked :) I actually do my own covers. I cannot tell you what a control freak I am . . . I would love to use a traditional publisher one day, but then I think . . . I wouldn't be in control of covers and formatting . . . and it just loses its appeal. I am a graphic designer and have a little experience illustrating as well, so that has helped me tremendously.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love Christian romance, I read a lot of that. Amish stories . . . I love. I am planning on writing an Amish series as well, and have a plot bunny for it, but I haven't started it yet. I admit I also love dystopian novels and series. Science fiction and fantasy are both high on my list as well. And narrative nonfiction, like Eat, Pray, Love, etc. And mysteries. Adventure stories. And fanfiction. Umm, probably too much fanfiction, hahaha.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I just ordered a Kindle . . . it hasn't come in the mail yet . . . and that will be my first. I admit, I am a paperback girl. I'm going to give it a chance, though. :)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am just getting started, so it is hard to say, but I have several that I am going to try. I am planning on doing Facebook adverts, Goodreads ads, etc. I have an official Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/omfayebooks where I share bits of writing, updates about writing, etc. and interact with readers and fans, and that has been pretty successful so far. I have my official Facebook author page, of course, but I am focusing on using it for giveaways, more than anything else. Speaking of, I did a giveaway on Goodreads and I highly recommend that to all of the authors that I know.
Describe your desk
LOL -- It's my kitchen table. Er . . . and it's a bit of a mess. Okay, enough said.
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