I absolutely adore Kresley Cole. I think what she's doing for the Paranormal Romance genre is nothing short of amazing. Great characterization, great characters, sexy relationships and writing that gets better with each new release.
I'm also a huge Margaret Mitchell fan. Scarlett is one of my favorite heroines of all time, and Rhett a favorite hero. Even though it's an idealized vision of the South that I'm going to assume isn't wholly accurate, it's the story in Gone With the Wind and relationship between Scarlett and the people around her that I'm drawn to - her never give up attitude. Nothing is particularly easy, but often Scarlett, through her stubbornness, is just making things more challenging than they need to be - which is so fun to read about. It's a story that I come back to time and time again, and with each read through I glimpse something a little different than the last time I read it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My life is pretty consumed with writing and reading. If I'm not writing something, I'm probably editing. If I'm not editing, I'm probably reading some fiction or nonfiction or something metaphysical - I'm a genre jumper, that's for sure.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to read reviews and see what other people are reading; there are a lot of websites that I use to find new books, but I also seek out recommendations from other readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a piece of Labyrinth fanfiction when I was seven or eight years old. Oh man, am I the only person that movie did a number on?
What is your writing process?
I write what comes to my mind easily; consequently, I jump around from project to project - whatever I'm inspired about is what I write about. I don't like to force it. If it's not working, I move on to something that is.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have been an avid reader for as long back as I can remember. The first book I remember reading by myself was a Dick and Jane book - some leftovers from a thrift store, I think. Didn't have much of an impact other than to keep me continually searching out for more things to read.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to see what other people are doing and try to learn from their successes and failures. It's a learning process, that's for sure, but it's an aspect of my book that I enjoy having control over - and it forces me to be artistic in a way that I'm not incredibly comfortable with.
That being said, I'll likely seek out a great cover artist with time; it's just so simple to go with someone who has that experience.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything and anything. Lately it's been a lot of metaphysical: Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay and the like. But also some nonfiction like The Year of Living Biblically and What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding.
I also love romance. LOVE IT. Unabashedly. Extra points for Paranormal.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, all the way!
Describe your desk
Cluttered with scraps of writing, Mickey Mouse ears and random video game related action figures. It's kind of a mess, but it's my beautiful mess.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing fiction as a child. I lived in a pretty conservative family, so it's not something that I had a lot of encouragement for as fantastical elements or anything even remotely dark or sexual would have been totally frowned upon. Now, I'm writing through it and enjoying it all immensely.
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