My favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, not only for his Narnia series but also for his space trilogy and other works of fiction. Johnathan Rand author of the Michigan Chillers and Amarican Chillers series. Having grown up in Michigan he's a big name to me. Tolkien gets credit as well for his Lord of the Rings. There are many other authors whose books I have enjoyed but I'd say those are some of the top three.
When did you first start writing?
For as long as I can remember. My mum has a plate I made in preschool that went with a story I made up for a project. In third grade I entered a story writing contest (I didn't win). All through my school years I wanted to write fiction for writing projects, not non-fiction. Sixth grade I remember writing a story for a class project I really liked. Middle school I attempted to write my first novel (it didn't get finished, I daydreamed the story more than I wrote it). In high school I turned my love of writing into comics. Then in my early twenties I got more serious about writing and when I got married my husband encouraged me to finish a book. My writing had always been on and off until I first self-published in 2014.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Fire. I own the Kindle Fire HD (2012 model) and love it for reading eBooks. I haven't liked the look of the basic Kindle e-readers and the Nook, though. The pure black and white screens don't thrill me. I also appricate the fact that a Kindle Fire is more than just an eReader, it is actually a tablet which helps me in my work as an author.
Describe your desk
Ah-haha-ha...it's an organized mess seated in the corner of our apartment's living room. Small space to fill with a laptop, printer, pens, pencils, and a desk organizer drawer thing that sits behind my laptop now holding library books. There is a small lamp to my right that I use to illuminate my keyboard/work area, and I keep the living room light off, so that I don't get distracted with things in my peripheral vision. It's a weird desk. Its drawer's are almost useless because of their oddball size, but I stash unused notebooks, printer ink, charger cables and usb drives in them along with a few crayon boxes one filled to the brim with colored pencils. Sticky notes everywhere to help me remember plot ideas and such. There are two notes stuck to my lamp as I type this.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Convenience? I planned to use self-publishing as a way to get my work out there, and save 'bigger' projects for searching for a publisher. Yet as I've studied self-publishing and what I hear of traditional publishing, I almost think I'll stick with self-publishing. Not that I wouldn't want to traditionally publish. If I get the chance I will, but for now, I'm loving self-publishing.
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