Interview with Reagan Maxwell

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
First and most importantly my family. As I stated in my biography, I lost my mother in April to cancer. Never take life for granted, there may not be a tomorrow. I have a 6 year old little girl who is my motivation for life. I'd be lost without her! Second being my job I am a nursing assistant and love the fact I can get out of bed everyday to help make someone else's life easier. My residents are my family as well.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend it with family as much as possible. I love being outdoors, I just started bike riding again. I don't think I have done that since I was a child. I have taken a great liking to it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Comedy, comedy, comedy! I love to laugh and make people laugh. I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich's. That woman is my idol!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It actually was not a story, I was 15 I believe. Our state wide news paper had a huge contest for high school students to write haiku, doubtful I'd ever even come close to being chosen I wrote my little heart out! I remember the day my English teacher came skipping in singing, myself and another student from my class were 2 of the 5 state wide chosen to be published. That is actually when I started to write a lot. I had note books full of stories and poems.
What is your writing process?
Sloppy! I can't lie about that. I do have a method to my own madness, that's for sure. I like to get the general idea on paper (I like to hand write first drafts, feels more real than sitting in front of a computer all day.) then build and bulk up my story from there. It works well for me, I find it easier to edit this way as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Most definitely, I'll never forget it! She's come undone by Wally Lamb, I was probably to young to be reading it at the time. That book was an open door to a whole new world. Being that I was so young I was blind to the "real world" if you will. I had no idea things like this were possible. Fantastic book though, I may go read it again!
How do you approach cover design?
I like simplistic yet colorful. I am a fan of photorealistic pictures. I want something that catches your eyes not hurt them!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series, all of them, I can't pick just one. They're amazing, hilarious and keep you on your seat. I always want more between grandma, Ranger, Morelli and Lula how could you not? I also enjoyed The Shack by Wm. P. Young if you have not read it you should. I am not a very religious person by any means, I did not expect to like this book when I heard about it. There is a such a unique twist to it that you almost don't realize they are portraying the characters as people from the bible. It's a great read!
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a magazine junky, I have back away from them though. I had a magazine addiction I am sure. I enjoy the stories of people's lives, the scandals and of course all of the new babys. I read a magazine we have at work called Healthy Cells, it has a lot of medical information, break throughs in medical science, new medications. My dream was to be a pediatric oncologist, so anything medicine related I'm reading!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle fire and I love it!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, I am new to the game. I have relied on friends and family to help me share news on my upcoming book. It has worked well for me so far.
Describe your desk
One word portable. I dont have an actual desk for writing only. I hand write first then type and edit as I go. The majority of my time is spent with a pen and paper. I'm old fashioned I guess you could say!
Published 2014-08-13.
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Books by This Author

Fly High A Journey With Cancer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,640. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
(5.00 from 1 review)
This true story of a loving woman's battle with cancer will surely have you in tears. A prognosis of 3 months turns into an exhausting and emotional 2 year battle ending in the ultimate sacrifice. Hoping to inspire others to carry on their loved ones memories and to help others to push on after tragedy, a young woman tells her mother's uplifting story.