Interview with Sandra S. Kerns

Published 2014-04-28.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle Fire. I've never used any of the others so I can't really compare. With the Fire I get a great view of covers.
Describe your desk
My desk, hmmm, in a word, messy. I start out neat and organized, but a day or two into the week and it's messy again. I work much better when it is neat and organized. Unfortunately, I seem to have an issue keeping it that way.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central (sometimes called upstate) New York. I'm the youngest of five children and that probably influenced my writing more than where I grew up. Rather than fight for attention I escaped to my own world (my story or someone else's).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of the 'action' of writing is watching my characters come alive. Quite often they take off in different directions than I had planned for them.

The greatest joy of the publishing of my writing has been having people enjoy my stories. I love sharing them with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without fans, I wouldn't have any sales. Without sales, I wouldn't know if anyone was reading my stories and enjoying them. For others to enjoy my work is a huge thrill.
What are you working on next?
The book I'm working on is the next in the Masters Men series - though a step away a little. It is the first book about one of their sisters (the elements), Blaze. I'm having a blast researching for this book. You might think that is normal, but to me, research should be considered a 4-letter word :) This time it is so much fun I'm having a hard time getting to the point of putting the story on the page. It should be out this summer.
What is your writing process?
I don't really consider this a process, but here goes. 1) An idea pops in my head from various inspirations, i.e. TV, friends, family, driving down the road, and so on and so on. 2) A character starts running with the idea. Sometimes it's the heroine first, and sometimes it's the hero. 3) That character finds another one and brings them into the mix. 4) The characters run around in my head for days/weeks/months (it depends on if I'm in the middle of another book; which I usually am). 5) The characters won't let me sleep so I start typing a scene or two. The next thing I know I'm 100 pages in and can't get enough until I type The End.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romantic Suspense; Futuristic/Time Travel/Fantasy; Action Suspense.
When did you first start writing?
Whenever I have time to fit it in right now. I'm retiring from the day job soon, so then it will be a more regular schedule that will probably start around 6am.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, I got tired of waiting for a traditional publisher to make an offer. I saw many books bought that I didn't agree with and regretted spending money on. Then I saw many books by Indie authors that I really enjoyed! My critique partner and I decided at the exact same time to go Indie and haven't regretted a moment.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was my first attempt to publish. It was amazingly easy and uplifting. If you can follow the directions from the FREE Smashwords Guide, you can do it. Mark Coker is very supportive. I actually met him at a conference. After talking to him at workshops and dinners, I got the sense that his biggest thrill is helping authors achieve their dream. That says a lot about his company.
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