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What do you read for pleasure?
I absolutely love to read, and I almost always read romance novels - any from historical to paranormal and fantasy. I enjoy Regency romances just as much as an erotic tale about cyborgs or werewolves. I also have a fondness for cowboy romances, especially menages.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both a Kindle and a Nook and have hundreds of books on each. My first e-reader was a Nook, but I decided to purchase a Kindle about a year ago when a lot of the books I wanted were not available on the Barnes and Noble website. So now I have the best of both worlds.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I try to blog about all of my new releases, whether it's just a cover reveal or a blurb with an excerpt I try to get the title out there. I also purchase ads on relevant sites. In addition to that, I keep a Facebook Author page and a twitter account and keep my readers up to date on what I'm currently working on, as well as give them information on new releases.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to reach a wider audience, through Apple, Sony and other retailers, places I might not have been able to reach otherwise. The Smashwords site is easy to you and I love that they do all of the work while I get to focus on sales and writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd have to creating something from nothing. Having a dream and watching it unfold on paper (or on screen, as the case may be) is a unique experience, one I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. I love making up characters and putting them in situations that some may find unrealistic and others might find gripping. If there's one thing I've learned since I started writing, or rather since I started having my work published, it's that you can't make everyone happy. What one person loves, another might hate.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on two projects, but I don't think I'm going to self-publish either of them. There are some publishers who have been recommended to me and I think I might give them a try. But back to my projects... the first is a cowboy menage with a dash of suspense and the other is a suspense filled paranormal about shapeshifters. I don't want to give too much of the story away so that's all I'm going to say about them for now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh wow. Picking a favorite author is like picking a favorite star... When I want to read sci-fi romance I turn toward C.L. Scholey and Laurann Dohner. If I decide to read paranormal romance, then the list is never-ending, but just to name a few: Laurann Dohner, Celia Kyle, Hazel Gower, Jenika Snow. For cowboy romances I like Sable Hunter and various Harlequin authors. When I read suspense, I like Kate Allenton and B.J. Daniels. There are a lot more authors that I enjoy reading, but it would take hours to list them all.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm usually chasing after my kids, or I'm curled up with my cat and a good book.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have my favorite authors that I enjoy, but I like discovering new people, too. Sometimes, I just pick a category and browse through it until I find something interesting. If I'm lucky, I'll find a new favorite author and I'll end up reading everything they've ever written.
What is your writing process?
I'm a pantser, which is to say I don't plot. When I write, I have a general idea of what I want to say, sit down, and start typing. For instance, I might know that my scene starts with my hero in the barn and ends up with him and the heroine at the dinner table, but I have no clue what happens between point A and point B, until I sit down and start writing. It just sort of comes to me as I go along. The characters tend to tell their own stories, and the few times I've tried plot, it didn't end well.
Published 2014-02-09.
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