My next piece will be either a novella or a novel; it is still in progress so we will see how the story unfolds! It is a contemporary romance fiction. We see the characters meet in high school and develop their relationship through to their adult years. There is a twist to the story that I hope readers will find inspirational and not disappointing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write every available opportunity that I have, even if it is just to write in my own journal. I do still hold a full-time job in the IT industry. When I am not working or writing, I am an avid reader. I also have a huge family and there always seems to be some form of family gathering! I also happen to enjoy backgammon and usually play the computer because people get tired of my winning nature.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I peruse books available on Smashwords, Amazon and iTunes frequently. My best friend is a good source for great content. I also have a couple blogs that I frequent, including Aestas Book Blog and Maryse's Book Blog.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This would be my short story, titled "The Treasured Doll".
How do you approach cover design?
I'm still learning in this area! Until I improve, I spend hours browsing stock photo sites. I look for a picture that speaks to me about my story. For now, I use Microsoft PowerPoint for modifying the picture, adding my title and my name.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Here are my five favorite books, not necessarily in order of preference. I admire "Me Before You" because of how Jojo Moyes wrote from both the caretaker and physically challenged perspectives. I love Amy Harmon's novel, "Making Faces" because it communicates that appearances aren't everything; I also grew up with friends having DMD and I appreciated seeing such a character. My favorite character is Sam from "The Return of the King" because I think he was the real hero and carried everyone along. I love to read the Bible, which intimidates me and I feel I will never fully comprehend. I love the writing of S.C. Stephens because she can really pull you into a story; the "Thoughtless" series had everything: love triangle, angst, humor, love and a HEA.
What do you read for pleasure?
I will admit to primarily reading contemporary romance of all forms. I happen to also enjoy all forms of fiction, self-help and business pieces.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I go to sleep each night with my iPad next to me, and my hand curled around my stylus.
Describe your desk
I tend to use voice dictation software, so there is a microphone. A cup of tea usually sits in front of me, and a piece of chocolate is not far away. My wireless keyboard is available as an option. I have 1000 bookmarks available for things that inspire me and sites of my favorite authors. Pictures of Jesus and His mother are watching me.
When did you first start writing?
I tried writing during my college years. As most writers experience, most of what I attempted didn't sell. I finally managed to sell one article that was part of a novel and made my first money. I concentrated my efforts on my business career. With recent technology and being able to self publish, I have spent more time in the last year trying to write and am loving every minute of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My short story, "The Treasured Doll", was an English Lit assignment from my college years.
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