When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am either spending time with my family, editing, reading, or making jewelry.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Honestly, I just go into my Kindle Store and scroll through the lists of books. Sometimes the titles or covers jump out at me causing me to want to read their blurb.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story that I ever wrote was a one page story about someone drowning mentally. I think I was like 14 when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
I honestly don't have one. I simply write when the moment strikes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmm.. Not counting "The Cat in the Hat" at five, the first story I remember ever reading was a book called "Cousins". I was about 10 or 11 and that book had me so emotionally consumed that the feelings overwhelmed me. A very good book but an extremely sad story.
How do you approach cover design?
In the past, I would design my poetry book covers using pictures that I had taken of nature. For my last book, I actually remember telling someone the design I had in mind in a general conversation we were having and when she created the vision that I had, I decided then that I would hire someone to design my story covers moving forward.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read mystery, suspense, and thriller style novels for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The original Kindle. I like to consider that "Ole Faithful".
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find that Word of Mouth has been the most effective marketing technique for me. It seems as if the more you spread the word and others spread the word, the more interest you will have in your book.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 13. I had tried my hand at a poem the previous year but the desire to write, didn't stick. At the 13, however, I was dealing with the fact that my parents were divorcing and I needed a way to express myself, so I turned to writing poetry.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is the fact that I had never kept a straight thought long enough to write a "story". Every time I read a book by someone, I would think to myself, "I want to write story, too!" So, one day, I started a story. It took my six years to write it but that's because I would constantly start and stop; a lot of time it was because I would read over what was already written and intimidate myself, causing me to feel like I wasn't able to measure up to my own writing style.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to have complete say so over my books.
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