Stalky & Co by Rudyard Kipling, The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas, The Melendy Family series by Elizabeth Enright, A Pattern of Roses by K.M. Peyton, and anything by John Sandford in spot #5. The first three had a great deal to do with shaping the way I write, the fourth involved supernatural and showed me what I wanted to do, and the fifth, well, I just enjoy. All of them, by the way, teach me something every time I read them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Ah, number 5 from the last answer! I love Sandford, Lee Child, Preston and Child, and Stephen King. I also pick up Steve Berry and James Rollins. I read a lot of thrillers...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Print books are still my favorite, but I use an e-reader a lot as well.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Having a fairy godmother, best-selling writer Terri Reid, who announces my books to her readership every time I put one out! Also, BookBub was amazing.
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the north side of Chicago in a haunted house. Believe me, that has influenced every single thing I've ever written!
When did you first start writing?
Third grade. Didn't everyone?
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is that Saving Jake took fourteen years to write and I lived the characters for so long I didn't want to let them go away. So I wrote a follow up, much to my surprise.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Life is too short to wait months and months for a rejection. I did that for years and decided, given my age at the moment, that enough is enough. I've never regretted it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm hoping it will boost readership all around. Please.
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