I'm sure there were stories before, but the one that sticks in my mind was about a group of young people who survive the apocalypse by living in an underground bunker. They emerge years later to a devastated and empty world. I think I was about 12 at the time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a very difficult question to answer. I have read hundreds, no, probably thousands of books and it would be impossible to pick just 5 as my favourites. The first "grown-up" book I read was The Time Machine by H G Wells. I think I was about 10 or 11 at the time, this is probably where the Sci-Fi / Fantasy love came from. From there I moved on to Agatha Christie books (who hasn't read an Agatha Christie) then Isaac Asimov and Tolkien. One of my favourite writers back when I was young was John Wyndham, I just loved his stories. I like Stephen King books, I love his characters, they are flawed and thrown into impossible situations. Some survive, some don't, much like the real world. Nope, I've come to the conclusion I cannot name just 5.
What do you read for pleasure?
Depends on my mood. Lately I've been reading a lot of Lee Child, Robert Ludlum and murder mystery type stories. But last month it was biographies. And before that I went back and re-read Tolkien again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just love Smashwords. Without them I wouldn't have people reading my books. They are the indie authors dream. I still remember the day I found Smashwords through a search engine. I couldn't believe it was real. Finally a way to get my books out to the public.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hmmm, I pretty much answered this one when I was supposed to name my favourite books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I live in a beautiful part of the country and my nearest neighbour is about 20 kilometres away. So for me, just looking out the window at the view is enough to inspire me. I never know what I might see, we're surrounded by wildlife. The other day I was sitting, minding my own business looking out over the valley below when a wedge-tailed eagle flew past not more than 20 metres away. It was awe inspiring.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
That would be an IPad. I don't have one myself, I use my husband's. Hint, hint for my next birthday.
Describe your desk
Chaotic . . . that's all I'm going to say on the subject.
When did you first start writing?
School was probably the first place I started writing. I remember an English class where our teacher would write an unfinished sentence on the board and tell us to write. I'd think about what I was going to write for 10 seconds and then I was off in the zone. I heard nothing, saw nothing but the page in front of me covered with words, my words.
What do your fans mean to you?
Honestly, I don't think I have any fans. If I do, they're very quiet and unassuming, much like me really :)
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