Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Souther California. It's a setting I use often.
When did you first start writing?
What's the story behind your latest book?
Newest release will be the Complete Season One for Secrets Will Out on Tuesday. Sunny is a non-practicing witch that marries a vampire - and doesn't know it. The 9 episodes of Season One establish her world and the characters in it. In Episode Nine, Sunny just learned vampires are real.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control. Flexibility. Keeping my voice authentic. Money (lol).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been an easy-to-learn tool. I first made an account in December 2009, and published my first story in March 2010, right before Apple opened the iBookstore. Reaching people in far-off places has been amazing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Toss-up between fan reactions and writing a scene I love even after reading it over several times.
In third place - getting paid, lol.
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. I'm grateful for all of them. Each time I release a new story, I hope at least one - just one - person will love it like I do. Or like it a lot. Fan e-mail can keep me going on days I want to quit.
What are you working on next?
Not sure. Maybe Secrets Will Out season two. Since this is my second pen name, obligations for my first pen name have to come first.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Butcher. Shannon K. Butcher. Charles Dickens. Shakespeare. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Arthur Conan Doyle. Shel Silverstein. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Scott O'Dell. Deborah Harkness. The list goes on.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Too much TV and internet, lol.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
Seat of my pants. I don't outline. Draft, then edit, edit, edit until it shines.
How do you approach cover design?
The words have to be clear to read even in a tiny size and black and white. That's the general part. Specifically, I try to best touch on an important aspect of the story that will entice the reader to buy. And a cover needs to be visially appealing. Ugly doesn't work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
You want me to choose?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't own one. I have kindle for PC installed on my computer, but it's not my favorite place to read. I still enjoy paperbacks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't buy a lot of books because of limited budget, so I either choose them because it's a writer I know and I've heard enough to think I'l like it, or go off the recommendation of a friend with my same reading tastes.
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