Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I've ever read, but I do remember the first story that changed my life. The Count of Monte Christo. I had to read it for English class and finished it in two days. I now read it almost once a year and still love it. Before, I'd always read silly, unimportant books that just helped me to escape reality for a while. This book was the first to have me crying, laughing and cheering in excitement. It was the first book to completely bring me into another world where anything and everything was possible. It showed me that even after experiencing the worst life had to offer, with time, perseverance, patience and hard-work, dreams could come true.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the whole process of writing. It's difficult to stake down just one aspect of writing that brings me the most joy, but it'd have to be hearing from people who've read any of my books. I love knowing what readers loved and hated from the books, how the characters talked to them, and if they felt the same as I did about my creations. That always leaves a big goofy grin plastered on my face. Don't hesitate to drop me a line, I respond and LOVE chatting with fans. :)
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I love my fans. I love knowing how my books affect their lives. Writing is my life and my fans are the pulse that keeps it all going. <3
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the 5th book in the Origins of the Supernaturals series. Title and cover art will be released November 30, 2013, so check back soon! This book's going to be amazing. I'm so excited to share it with you all!!!
What is your writing process?
I'm a percolator. I typically come up with a general storyline that I'd like my characters to follow and start writing. The characters define how they're going to get to the end of the story, with the few challenges I place before them. When I start to get stuck, or feel overwhelmed, I do a rough outline of the book and just leave it alone until the characters (muse) are ready to talk again. If I give it time, let the ideas percolate for a while, the writing tends to flow quickly and fairly easily for me. I don't care for deadlines and don't like to force my writing. I prefer to have the characters guide the story with just a bit of a nudge from me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a huge help with me as an Indie Author. They have a formatting guide that helped teach me how to get my books to look like I wanted them to. They also partner with a bajillion different eBook sites to help me reach more readers with less hassle both to me and to the reader. I love Smashwords and recommend it to all my author friends. :)
Who are your favorite authors?
Thomas Amo, M. E. Franco, Sophie Moss, Laurell K Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Steven Alten, Kim Harrison
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Choice was the first story I ever completed. I started a pirate fantasy story that I've placed on the hold shelf before tackling Choice, but Choice was the first story I'd ever written from start to finish.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cats! Seriously, I have 9 and they kick me out of bed so they can snuggle in the warm spot I leave behind. If I'm not up by10, they're walking across my face and that's really not fun. ;)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I still work full-time, so that takes up a bunch of my time. I'm also a wife, a mother to 9 cats, and have 2 nephews and 6 nieces. I LOVE projects and am considered to be very crafty. When I need some "me" time, I sew, paint, bake, color, make jewelry or ride my motorcycle. I like to stay busy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm usually asked to beta read ebooks from fellow Indie Authors. My to be read pile grows every day from book recommendations and things that strike my interest as I'm researching for a book or meeting fellow authors, so I guess you could say that I discover ebooks by accident and chance.
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