Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Until I was in the 4th grade, I was raised (as one of only 4 Caucasian families) in Cinciinnati's Winton Terrace projects. The oldest of 5 children, my mother and father divorced when I was 3. She raised me (and my sisters who are fraternal twins), until she met and married my step-father when I was 11. They had another set of fraternal twins (boy and girl), which made life more fun than ever. We moved from the projects to the remote country town of Blanchester, Ohio (which I had never heard of). It was actually a culture shock for me, as there were no African Americans at all. I missed my Cincinnati friends terribly. Soon after, we moved to Milford, Ohio, where I graduated high school in 1984.
Having been raised in such a diverse group of peoples, locations, and such a large family, allowed me to understand and relate to people on an intimate level. Coming from poverty, we appreciated everything we had, and especially cherished spending time with family and friends. This gave me a social advantage, where I could learn from my elders, and take the wonderful advice they would give. It made me "real". I don't pretend to be anything other than what I am, and if that's not pleasing or acceptable to anyone, then I offer no apologies, but respect their opinion for what it is--their opinion ;)
What is your writing process?
I enjoy the researching process, and find myself getting sidetracked with other interesting items at times. I want to bring the truth to my readers, in the most exciting and mysterious way possible. I've always loved a good twist, so I try to find a way to bring suspense to the horrible truth of homicide. Being able to relate to the perpetrator is essential to explaining a possible reason of why they are the monsters they became.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely, I was in 4th grade :) My story was about a horse that wanted nothing to do in life, except be the fastest runner in the world. Running on farm paths and meadow land was no longer satisfying, so he ventured out to be a racehorse. While he never achieved his goal, he was quite the runner, and won many titles and awards. He returned to farm living, after a spill on the track disabled him. He was happy to live out his life with a young lady that loved him for his spirit.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The promise of a new day has always been inspiration to awaken. My children have seen to it, in fact, that I've not had ONE day to sleep in since they were born, which is just fine with me :)
How do you approach cover design?
I think the cover design of a book needs to connect to the reader on an emotional level. To do that, it must be something the reader can relate to, in a good way, or a bad way, so they are immediately captured by the cover and want to know more about it.
Describe your desk
My HP EliteBook is center, with a hot coffee, or iced tea next to it most of the time. I have my quaker parrot, George, sitting on the desk, amongst notepads, folders, and a cup full of pens and pencils (that my daughter crudely created for me in 9th grade, of which I adore). Of course, the dogs and cats are free to visit my work area, and often find a place to squeeze in near my feet, which keeps me warm during the winter months.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a full-time college student has kept my time management skills sharp, as I juggle my writing with school and family life and responsibilities. It's a busy lifestyle, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Many are suggested by friends and family, others are found on social media sites.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I enjoy my Kindle Fire, but look forward to branching out to other devices soon.
What do your fans mean to you?
Feedback from fans of my writing are invaluable. I honor and respect their opinions greatly, and look forward to continuing to please them with greater works!
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