When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to lectures or probably on Twitter. I also manage to pick up my children and make dinner most nights, though I won't comment on how frequently we eat green beans from a can
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I scroll through recommendations. I also subscribe to a couple newsletters like The Fussy Librarian and Book Gorilla.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a WWII nurse. It was basically fan fiction before that was a term.
What is your writing process?
Write and write. Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad. There are times when I am in silence and suddenly get inspiration. For those moments I have a notebook and my voice recorder always on hand. But mostly it is just sitting down and writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading for a long time. The first one? Not really sure. I read everything that seemed interesting. I read the entire Little House on the Prairie series fairly young as well as Anne of Green Gables. All eight of them. I used to walk around the house reading.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is hard, but I have an artist for a brother and sister-in-law as well as a best friend who is a graphic designer. They help me a lot.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Of all time is hard to choose. I would probably prefer to organize them into categories, but lets do the ones that influenced me growing up: Anne of Green Gables, Gone with the Wind, Seven Years in Hanoi, The Poisonwood Bible, Pride and Prejudice.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction. The Nightingale type stuff is my fave. But I also like nonfiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just talking and talking and talking and talking about my book. People forget to buy it so a few weeks later when you mention it again they remember and might buy it. I run a blog also and love social media, but it has only worked a bit for me.
Describe your desk
An old, 1930s desk with an elephant lamp, a Yankee candle and three small cacti.
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