The greatest joy of writing for me is watching the story develop. Seeing the characters come to life is such a great feeling. Having other people enjoy it as much as I do is really great, too.
What are you working on next?
Book #3 of the Andromeda Spencer Novels is my current writing project. Book #2, in the series, is due out sometime around November 1, 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many of them. Well, I have to say my top five are: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Katie MacAlister, and Karen Marie Moning. I am also a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. These ladies are all incredible story tellers and I will devour anything they put out. I am always on the lookout for new authors. I just wish I had more time to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a fantasy. I wrote it one summer while sitting out back, watching my boys in the pool. It's in my closet now. I have a couple more there with it. My husband calls them my, "Closet Books". One of these days I will drag them out and maybe rework them, but right now I am having too much fun with Andromeda Spencer
What is your writing process?
I usually go from plot point to plot point, like a time line. Sometimes, though, I will write scenes out of order. I often get an idea for a scene that I really can't place into the book, right then and there, so I write it out and stick it away for later.
How do you approach cover design?
I want my covers to reflect some part the book. In Lightning Strikes, I have a narcoleptic cat. He's one of my favorite characters. I wanted to show that on the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love anything with a happy ending. I'm into romance; paranormal is my favorite. It could be gritty and intense as long as all the characters, the author made me care about, make it to the end. I don't like to cry so I try to stay away from tearjerkers. My favorites, are books that make me laugh out loud.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now I have an old Kindle that my son gave me. I have had it for a year and I am just barely learning all the ins and outs. I still love my hardbound and paperback but I like the instant gratification of getting a book anytime I want. It's something that I have to really watch out for, though, because I could easily see myself maxing out my credit card on books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a presence on a lot of social media outlets and I also have a website, but so far the most effective techniques I have used is paid advertising. There are a lot of websites devoted to readers that give authors the ability to promote their books for a nominal fee. I have used a few of these and was really surprised by the result.
Describe your desk
I am not an organized person. I am, however, a note taker. My desk is littered with notes. I write stuff down, I may not ever read it, but I write it down. I have to make it a point to clean off my desk at least once every month. The mess gets out of hand really quickly.
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