I started two years ago on a whim. I'd never written seriously before.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the third installment in the Discrete Assignments Series. Briana takes a job with Discrete Assignments as a submissive to two sexy Irish brothers in order to make the money to save her family's pub. Her goal is to save the pub and get out of Montana as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Kerrigan brothers have another idea!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always thought about writing and dreamed up stories in my head for years. With the advent of Kindle Direct Publishing and other sites like Smashwords, I realized that I didn't have to depend on a publisher accepting my books in order for them to be published. My first book was a leap of faith. When it sold fairly well I was hooked. And the rest is, as they say, history!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is too soon to tell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a world is the greatest joy of writing. I also really enjoy hearing from my fans.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything! It makes my day every time I get a fan e-mail. When I don't feel like writing, their encouragement and enthusiasm really helps.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, that list is too long for this interview. As far as erotica, I really like Lynda Chance, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lora Leigh, Cherise Sinclair, Kristin Ashley, Joanna Wylde, Jodi Ellen Malpas, E.L. James. I know there are others but I can't think of them off hand.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my day job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read...of course! I also like counted cross stitch, watching movies, taking walks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for specific authors. I will also look at suggestions from the vendors for someone with my taste.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was The Cowboys' Submissive. I wrote it two years ago.
What is your writing process?
I sometimes dream a story idea. Other times I think of a certain place or people I'd like to write about. I'll write out descriptions and back stories. Sometimes I'll outline the chapters and just follow the outline. Other times I'll write down random plot points and make sure to incorporate them. I find that if I sit down to write and start that is half the battle. When I get to a point in the story where I'm stuck, I will often re-think the prior story line and change it.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe in simple designs that are easily identified as my style. I've chosen to avoid typical photos of romantic couples on my works. I'm influenced by the idea of what might have been chosen as a cover for Victorian Erotica.
What do you read for pleasure?
What don't I read? I love romance, erotica, urban fantasy, humor, non-fiction related to health.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a 2nd Generation Kindle. I like how I can use it outside in the sun. It is also very tough!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Using the correct search terms when entering initial information. Offering specific books for free or reduced rates for a day at a time. I've also set up a Facebook Page and a WordPress Blog.
Describe your desk
It is a small desk that actually fits under my couch. I enjoy working in my living room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up i Montana. My family is very "western" so I can write readily about western people.
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