A few of my most favorite are: Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, E. F. Benson, Sheri Tepper, Anne Rice, and Ann McCaffrey.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Dragon's Gold is about a young woman who learns that she has access to more power than she could have imagined. She uses it to get revenge for the death of her mother, who was killed by a Dragon and she reclaims a priceless heirloom that was stolen from her with the help of her friends.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope that I have been successful in giving my fans a satisfying read. My favorite authors have filled me with such enthusiasm while reading their books, it is my hope that my fans feel that same enthusiasm while reading my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when I am writing and the words just seem to flow out of me. Going back and rereading what I've written is an amazing feeling. I plan out where I want my story to go, but I let my writing flesh out naturally as I write. Stories should be entertaining and easily accessible, not work to read through.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Alaska. My father was active in Tribal Meetings. I would go with him to many of these meetings; I would like to think that this unique background has a positive influence on my writing.
What is your writing process?
I plan out a story outline with key plots.
Then I write in cursive double spaced on a legal pad, so that as I reread what I've written I can edit it by hand.
Next, when a chapter is done, each chapter is two legal pads long, which is 100 pages of double spaced cursive handwriting for me is approximately 7,000 words, I type it into my computer and make any edits needed as I type it up.
I print the whole book out and reread it and make final edits to it. Then format it myself following the Smashwords formatting guide.
Then I self publish the finished book on Smashwords.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Book 2: Traitor's Gold.
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