I use an android tablet with the Kindle app. I chose a 10" table because its easier on my eyes. I have to read a lot of pdf docs for grad school and it works great.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Basically word of mouth and reviews by bloggers.
Describe your desk
It's a mess! Notes everywhere, my drink of choice, pencils, pens, photographs, etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern California, in a ghetto of Sacramento. I tended to escape to better places in the books I would borrow from the library. I think this is why I like sci-fi/fantasy so much.
When did you first start writing?
I won an award for writing when I was in first grade, seriously! I think its very natural for avid readers to eventually become writers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book was about a girl finding out she was a mythical creature come to life. The story is about her revelation and self-discovery, as well as finding a kindred spirit in a lonely, outcast boy named Cayne. By the end of the first book, they have to go into hiding.
This sequel is a classic adventure with characters stuck out in a remote part of the world, struggling to survive in dangerous territory. I guess that's why I picked Guyana as it is one of the last real frontiers in the world. Eighty percent of the country is virigin Amazonian rainforest. It was the perfect place. As far as the story goes, Cayne is the true focus of this book, although the story is still told by Maya. My readers get to find out exactly what he is for the first time.
This trilogy is basically a modern take on several mythologies.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really like the diy model that is revolutionizing the publishing industry. I like that readers get to make the choice of what books become successful.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They've created a great forum for indie authors to display their works of art.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing back from my fans how much they've enjoyed my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
They validate that my work is meaningul in some way. My fans give me a sense of accomplishment and make me feel that my creativity and the energy that I put into my work is appreciated.
What are you working on next?
The third book of the Fireborne trilogy! I can't wait to see how the conclusion of this story will turn out.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's easy! Patrick Rothfuss, Lorna Freeman, Lois McMasters Bujold, George R.R. Martin, and many others! I have a hard time just naming one.
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