The fans are everything. If even one person reads and is entertained by or gets some happiness from my book, than I feel that I have succeeded as a writer. I write for myself, but I publish for readers.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on a final edit of the second book in the reapers series. The third book is in it's third draft. I'm also working on the first book of a new series about our world in the future, after a global climate crisis. That series will be paranormal romance.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors and they run the full-spectrum of genres. This is in no particular order: Emily Bronte, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Vincent, Shannon Meyer, Erin Morgenstern. I could go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm an early riser and I love the quiet of morning. I also write every morning before my day starts, so I guess you could say writing gets me out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read voraciously. I'm also a stay at home mom and that keeps me busy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There are so many ways. Recommendations from authors I love, recommendations from friends, Goodreads, Amazon, and Bookbub. I'm a big believer in reviews and they definitely influence whether or not I buy an ebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a poem first, when I was ten. I was sure I was going to be a poet, but that wasn't meant to be. The first story I wrote is a vague memory, but it included pirates, a damsel in distress, a dagger, and blood. It was very dramatic, I remember that.
What is your writing process?
It varies. Sometimes I let an idea percolate for years, because I feel I haven't yet achieved the proficiency to do the idea justice. Other times, I get an idea and I sit down and start writing and it just flows. I tend to write vague outlines, if I outline at all, before I start writing, and I often stray from my intended outline.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I really don't. I do remember that when I was very young, I loved the Little Match Girl. I would ask my father to read it to me every night before bed. As an adult, I read it and I was appalled that I had loved it so much. It is a terribly sad story. In my memory, though, it was uplifting and it made me feel warm and safe, somehow. Maybe because it has to do with the power of imagination or because the little girl ended up safe and warm with her grandmother, I don't know, but I loved that story.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover for The Reaping was done by selfpubbookcovers.com/FrinaArt and I couldn't be happier with it. It was not a custom cover, but it just happened to fit my book perfectly.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have so many favorite books, across so many genres. Since my book is fantasy, I'll give you my favorite fantasy books. Any of Anne McCaffrey's dragon books - she was my entrée into fantasy. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin. I love Frank Herbert's Dune books, but my absolute favorite of his is The White Plague. There are so many wonderful fantasy books and I could go on and on, so I'm going to stop with three for now.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything really. Lately, I've been reading a lot fantasy and romance. I've also been reading books about writing and about global warming.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle.
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