Coffee! The promise of coffee makes facing the morning chill and half-awake brain a more reasonable task. But truly, it is my family. I enjoy their sleepy faces and morning snuggles...especially when sipping a cup of dark roast laced with sweet cream.
Who are your favorite authors?
I, uh, wow. My list is HUGE. I enjoy the writings of a variety of authors, classic and contemporary. Here is a sampling: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Mary Pearson, Veronica Rossi, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen R. Lawhead, Leigh Bardugo, Melina Marchetta, L.M. Montgomery, Luisa May Alcott, and Marie Lu.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend the majority of my non-writing time with my children and husband. But when it comes to personal non-writing time, I love to read, garden, gab with friends over coffee, and explore new walks and hikes through the woods.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends. I am an organic word-of-mouth reader.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not in its entirety, but I do know it involved a princess in a ridiculously enormous pink fluffy dress, a dragon that blew rainbow fire, and a magical tree that grew crystal fruit. I think I was seven or eight years old. I should turn that into a children's fantasy adventure! Thanks for prompting the inspiration, Smashwords :-)
What is your writing process?
My best work is rendered from the organized chaos that is my random outlining process--page 'splosions--followed by the thrill of writing by-the-seat-of-my-pants. Of course, this process would not exist without: 1) the many laugh sessions with my dear friend and writing partner; 2) tears of frustration born of epic writer tantrums (do not fret dear reader, they are rare); 3) and stern talking to my characters when they wish to misbehave by refusing to spill their guts for the page.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"The Bridge to Terabithia" -- It was full of coming of age magic and the first book that ever made me weep honest-to-goodness tears while grieving the loss of a character.
How do you approach cover design?
First, I must brag about my digital artist, Amalia Chitulescu, who is remarkably talented. You can check out her other cover art with this link: https://www.facebook.com/Amalia.Chitulescu.Digital.Art.
I approach cover design by wanting the outer book to force the reader's mind to build a story. I want them to see the characters or world and wonder. My series, "The Biodome Chronicles," features a plot line where the future meets the past, and so I wish to illustrate and capture that idea. Amalia adds her digital art magic and pixie dust, transforming my world-building theme into a masterpiece that now clothes my novels. I love my covers. They are so beautiful. Thank you, Amalia!
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading many genres: science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, mystery, young adult literature, historical fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
All right e-readers, please don't roll your eyes at me, but I'm still a book-in-hands kinda gal. The only e-reader I have is an archaic Kindle that a friend handed down to me. I do read some e-books on Adobe and Calibre as well.
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