My desk! Hahaha! It looks like a mound of papers! Believe it or not, I can tell you every single thing on my desk. Most of my writing is done on a TV table, in the living room, surrounded by my kids! Yes, my little TV table is covered with notes and papers too!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in the south in the middle of nowhere. My only friends were a nanny goat, a peacock, and about 50 chickens. Since there was no one to play with, I developed a very wild imagination. This would develop into amazing story plots in my mind. The theater was something else I loved to do on the farm. I would spend what seemed like weeks writing a play, making the stage props out of cardboard and make my parents watch my performances!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I came up with the idea for the Tough Mama's Guide to Survival when I noticed content geared to women were not out there. Even though in a worst case scenario women would be the one running the house (and I do not say this as a gender issue). I felt that women were not being offered the opportunities and knowledge that everyone should have. My goal was to make sure there is someone that knows how to survive in every home. The world is a changing place today.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love having the open format that exposes me to the world. Smashwords is easy to work with, quick, and they offer tools that do an amazing job!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the fact I have a lump of clay and I create what I want with it. My writing has the ability to shape minds and make a person think. My greatest joy is when I share knowledge with someone!
What do your fans mean to you?
I love interacting with my readers. It's all about them. I'm available by email, website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Interacting with fans gives me new ideas for new material. Love answering questions!
What are you working on next?
I am working on the follow up to the Tough Mama's Guide to Survival. That book was meant as an introduction to prepping. There was so much material that it was impossible to do in one book. The second book will be building on what was in the first, but we are taking prepping to a whole new level. I am also working on a fiction novel as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like to read Stephen King, John Irving, Amy Tan, Steve Berry and many Indi authors. I love reading the works of writers who have a great sense of imagination!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Living on a farm means you never get to sleep late. If my roosters don't wake me up in the morning, my turkeys jump on my window ledge and peck at the glass to eat. I also teach English to children in China, so I'm always running on Beijing time. I don't consider my work a job at all. It is fun for me every day and the thought of a new opportunity gets me moving!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I help my husband with our business in the city. I'm also a real estate broker, I teach English to students in China, I have a farm to run, and I run a non-profit. I stay busy, but I still do silly things that give my mind a chance to rest. I paint, quilt, and crochet. If my hands are not on my keyboard typing, then its holding babies or yarn or thread!
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