I really like Jayne Ann Krentz, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Augusten Burroughs, Jen Lancaster, Jodi Piccoult, and V.C. Andrews.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember writing very short stories for my friends in grade school. I remember trying to cheer up a friend who was going through a tough situation by writing a story about that situation and giving it a happy ending. I have been writing as long as I can remember, short stories, poems, song lyrics etc. I wasn't brave enough to publish anything until I did it on Smashwords.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am working on a story called Terrifying Terra about a young woman who leaves a man, but finds he won't leave her. As the storyline progresses she finds out just how dangerous he really is. Terra is a smart girl who is a fighter so she has that going for her-good thing, she's gonna need it!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly it's because I believe in my work and love writing. I don't want to jump through hoops to get my work out there. I just want to write. I'm hoping my stories really connect with people. Being an indie author gives me the freedom and platform to do this.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Seeing that people have read what I've written, and taken the time to give it review means alot. Smashwords gives new authors like myself the platform to be heard from. They have contributed to my success by giving me the tools to do so.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is such a magical thing. You sit down and create and meet the characters inside your mind. For a time, they become a part of you, and when their story is finished you send them out to meet others. The joy is seeing where they go and what becomes of them.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read what I've written. It really is an honor.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It's funny I do-it seems so long ago. I was in grade school and had to read a book and give a report. The book I chose was called "Hangin' Out With Ci'Ci." The book was about a young girl who falls and bumps her head and wakes up to find herself in the past where she meets her own mother as a teen! I loved this book, and was excited to give the report. The problem was I returned it before I did the report and couldn't remember the author. So when I gave the report I didn't have the author, and the teacher thought I was just making it up! He wrote, "sounds interesting," on my paper! I found out the author many, many years later was Francine Pascal.
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