I'd been writing professionally for over five years (now close to a decade), passing through a couple of early e-publishers and article sites. I was sick and tired of not getting noticed by agents or publishers and decided to go through outlets like Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not so much my success at this point, but I do love the fact they are giving certain authors opportunities they would not get anywhere else. That's always good.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I could go down a laundry list of reasons. Getting to be expressive and imaginative through my creativity. Whether it be an investigation story with the main character serving as a detective as means to uncover the truth. Or revenge/passion story in which the main character avenges a tragedy or wrongdoing upon someone he or she loves. I can explore it all right there.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am so happy to have such a small yet devoted fanbase interested in my work. Whether they want to read a fantastical story as means to escape the doldrums of their daily lives, or something thought provoking that gets them pay attention and consider their lives in a different way, I'm grateful to have contributed. And given they really love both my Southern Crime Fiction titles and my Non-Fiction Entertainment releases, I can't complain.
What are you working on next?
At this point, I've writing a novel from an idea I've had since January. It's about a woman whose scientist brother has been kidnapped by The U.S. Government and she rallies a support group online of loved ones of other missing scientists in order to find out the truth and possibly rescue them.
I'm also doing research for a book about a California area serial killer who is still at large after his initial spree in the 1970's and 1980's.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow. Stephen King and J.K. Rowling off the top of my head. In addition to being among the bestsellers of all time, they have the talent and do the work of many authors. Their books speak for themselves on many levels.
In most other cases, I'm actually more of a film buff and TV watcher. Have been influenced by anything connected to Alfred Hitchcock, Film Noir, and Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone. On the other hand, I've also been influenced by Gothic Horror and Romance --- was raised on horror and sci-fi. Love the cult hit series Dark Shadows. A good number readers cite my books as a mixture of the two, especially Anger Always Flowers.
My early influences were A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Halloween, along with Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galacatica. Anything to do with George Lucas or Steven Spielberg, especially Back To The Future. Later influences might be Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings. J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan are pretty amazing, LOST and The Dark Knight were beyond amazing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that there's a story waiting to be written and a very happy, active, and imaginative little brother pestering me to get up!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Coming up with more ideas, researching, and spending time with my Autistic brother.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't buy other eBooks too often, when I do read it's often older print books and articles. I look for anything that intrigues me, whether it be investigating the truth or tackling any opposition in life, and course anything from the imagination.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing consistently when I was 15, a short story on The Lost Continent of Atlantis. My first published work at 19 was a novella entitled Dothan.
What is your writing process?
With this current novel I'm writing, I've gone back to using index cards for scene by scene outlines, testing out the story with a 10 page treatment. Both methods are taken from my many attempts to write screenplays. And also continuing to use the methods that have been working for me during the last couple years such as fleshing out a 100 page draft handwritten in a notebook and 50 page rewrite on a word processor before publishing.
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