When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a new author I am considering my next venture, which I am doing from my RV mostly. My husband and I discovered RV camping 7 years ago and we just love to get out into the woods. We have found many hidden treasures along the hiking trails, just last week we walked up on an Armadillo and got some great pictures of him. So hiking, playing tennis, golfing and just hanging out in a state park is our way of relaxing and my place to consider what is next in my life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love a good catalog, especially around the holidays. Shopping for an ebook can be done any time of year and there is something pretty exciting about downloading a new book. Who doesn't like having a new book? I have my favorite genre's but I find that I am expanding myself into new areas that I once had no interest in. I am growing as a reader because it is a fascinating process to peruse the ebook bookshelves. It's much easier than at the bookstore or library now !
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Many years ago I wrote a children's story about a tuna fish that got into a lot of trouble because he skipped school. I even drew my own pictures. It was for my step sons, both are grown now and probably don't remember it, but I still have it.
What is your writing process?
My book is a memoir about my days with Meniere's Disease. I had a lot of different processes to make sure it was accurate and because it contained medical information, I had to write in a way that non-medical readers could understand. It was a challenge but all the checks and balances are paying off in good reviews !
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn't my first, but I read a memoir about a doctors battle with cancer and it got me thinking about my own story about my journey with Meniere's Disease. He had a great writing style, it was easy to read and it drew me into his world for the times I was reading his book. From there, I read a few more memoirs and eventually I gained the confidence and desire to write my own book. I found the balance between telling the story and over telling the story by looking at other authors books.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a simple but eye catching book cover. If you search my category "Meniere's Disease" you will get less than 20 books as a result. My cover pops right out....its bright red and who doesn't notice bright red ?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet where I download Kindle books. Before I go camping, I always take time to download 2 or 3 books for the trip because I know we will not have WIFI access in the woods.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
For me, I have a very specific readership....those touched by Meniere's Disease. Good reviews and word of mouth is very effective for marketing my book. Ultimately my reader is the one who is looking for others in their situation, which is likely dealing with Meniere's Disease. With that, just having my book among the choices is a marketing tool.
Describe your desk
Neat. I hate clutter, I never leave things unorganized, it drives me batty ! I am so bad (or good, depending on your perspective) that I don't even have disorganized PC files....everything inside my PC is categorized and filed in a logical place !
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am originally from California so I have a wild streak and free spirit that I brought to Georgia in my mid 30's. I think that having been raised in one place and maturing in another is an interesting dynamic. I know that my openness comes from California and that allowed me to not hold back when I was writing my memoir. I think I would be more reserved and intimidated about sharing such personal information, had I been raised in the south.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In this day and age, many in my circle including my children, are replacing even their PC's with smart phones. They use their phones for virtually everything and that is where they are downloading and reading my book. If I was not using Smashwords to market my book, I would be missing out on a lot of downloads and sales !
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting a phone call or email telling me that someone learned something or felt better because they read my book. It just doesn't get any better than that !
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My little kitty, Winston. He wakes me up every morning at 6AM and gets me going with all his energy and cuteness !
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