Bringing life to characters and never really knowing what's going to happen next. My characters have their own personalities, creating their own stories. I have tried to kill off characters but they're too strong and fight for their survival. Other times I try and make them live but their actions take over and the consequences usually end badly.
What do your fans mean to you?
I originally started started writing for myself. Once my first story was published, the interaction with my fans has been amazing. The excitement I see with them after they read my work keeps me motivated.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't know if I have a favorite but Stephen King is the one that helped me pick up a pencil and put it to the paper for the first time in years.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I get some time to myself I like trying new things. The most recent is curling. You know, I live in Montana, figured I should pick up at least one winter sport.
Describe your desk
Cluttered would be an understatement. I have LootCrate boxes on one side and random stuff all over. I keep toys all over so that way when I get stuck I fidget. I have a laptop that I use on occasion sitting in front of my keyboard. There are two monitors, one of them I don't use very often anymore. I even have two copies of my book sitting here so that way I can look things up on it while I'm writing my next volume.
When did you first start writing?
First time I remember trying to write was in elementary school. My friend and I tried writing a series of ghost stories to put into a book. That lasted for about three months. After that it was in High school I took a creative writing class, but that concentrated more on poetry. My first attempt at writing a novel I was twenty three. I still have both notebooks it's written in and one day I might try again. I've always written in between each attempt but I always deleted everything when I was done.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at my cover as a story on it's own. What am I trying to show the reader about my book? What are they going to get from my cover? From there I tell my artist and she does an amazing job designing it.
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