I'm naturally curious, and a forever learner, so it simply depends. I generally enjoy themes that are raw and real, which can cover the gamut from deeply spiritual, deeply painful, deeply sexy... notice the theme. I am drawn to stories. works, that dig below the surface and are not just intellectual exercises. It also must be something that is transformative, in that, the author takes the reader on a journey; and at the end of that journey, or the end of that book, something in me has been illuminated by the journey. Basically, I went on a journey of discovery by delving into that work.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Can't say. Still new at it.
Describe your desk
Organized chaos, comes to mind. I like things at the ready, while at the same time needing a "writing" space that is not too distracting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, but have lived a number of places. My life experience very much influences my writing. As I was contemplating writing a book, the most consistent advice that I took to heart was, "write about what you know". So, what I know the most about is, well, me, my life experiences, lessons I've learned, what "I know for sure", as Oprah would say.
When did you first start writing?
I've written articles in church newsletters and publications for a number of years before and since I actually wrote my book. I've delved in to blogging a bit, and I need more discipline about that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The back story for "Notes" is actually written in the introduction. The short of it is I wanted to give my daughter a gift on her 25th birthday. The book was an attempt to offer encouragement during a milestone year. I used my own life, what I thought I knew at age 25, the bewilderment of expectations vs the reality of life that generally hits around that age, as a means saying, hang on, it's going to be OK; just keep moving forward.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That wasn't really my intent. My husband needled me for years about writing a book. An author friend, who also dabbles at publishing added another layer of needling. Despite that encouragement, I needed to feel that I had something important to say. So, right timing, right motivation, proper needling sort of dovetailed into an actual book. I am probably the most surprised to be here.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
What attracted me to Smashwords was the ability to publish to multiple ebook venues.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a non-profit recovery (mental illness, addition, trauma) organization.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A number of ways. Because I'm a Kindle-er, Amazon "suggests" ebooks for me, based on my reading or search history. I sample a lot of works and sometimes purchase if it grabs my attention. A number of authors I read will make suggestions on their websites, blogs or social media platforms. Primarily, though, what I am reading at any given point has to do with what curiosity is rattling around in my head.
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