I read the type of books I write, contemporary romantic suspense. I also love dark reads. My current work in progress is a dark read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle. I would prefer the paperback or hardback cover of the book, but my shelves are full.
Describe your desk
My desk is filled with papers and my calender. I have post-it notes everywhere alerting me to scenes of my WIP and parts that I think of while not at my desk.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing professionally for twenty years. However, I took the leap to fiction about three years ago and haven't looked back since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had this idea for a dark book, and I even had it outlined. However, as my beta reader started reading chapters, she informed me that it was too dark and that I needed to lighten it a little. When I saw a pre-made cover, I knew immediately the direction I was going to go. That pre-made cover tells the story of my latest WIP, Something of the Forest.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read a really horrible, really awful book. I had attempted writing fiction numerous times before I actually sat down to write Closer (The Unit 1) and never finished anything. However, after reading this crazy awful book, I thought that mine couldn't possibly be any worse than the one I was reading. Of course, I put the book down immiedately, sat down at my keyboard, and had Closer written in two months. I didn't go the traditional publishing route becuase I am really bad at writing inquiry letters, which publishers need to consider your book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers me the oppotunity to offer my book across all platforms...Apple, KOBO, etc. Smashwords also offers me the opportunity to be included in the major catalogs. That is very important to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is that I lose myself. I get lost in the characters and their worlds. Writing comes so naturally to me. It truly is, for me anyways, what Ernest Hemingway said it was, "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me!!! I would be nothing without them. I value their opinions and the notes I get from them more than any one will ever know. When I open my email and there is a fan letter wanting to discuss something that I've written, it makes my year. And it happens often. I love hearing from and interacting with my fans. I love getting to know them.
What are you working on next?
My current WIP is a dark book titled, Something of the Forest. You'll have to wait and see just how dark I can go. I know it won't be for everyone, but for people like me, who love a dark, depraved read, they are going to love it!
Who are your favorite authors?
I drew inspiration from Abbi Glines, Maya Banks, H. M. Ward, Iris Johansen, Slyvia Day, etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired by the simple thought that it is a new day filled with new chances to become exactly who I want to be.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot. I also like to go hiking with my dog and watch the occasional action movie.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I watch Facebook recommendations. I usally pick up a few books that way. And of course, I read my favorite authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in a college English 101 class. The professor gave us random topics. Mine was 5-4-3-2-1. I created an entire story around those numbers and earned an A+. I still have it. That's how proud of myself I was.
What is your writing process?
First, I roughly outline the book. Then I start to write. When I get stuck, I talk the scene out with friends and family. They provide fresh prospectives and then I'm able to continue writing. Often times though, I won't outline the complete book, but more of a general direction of where I want to go: the major plot. When I sit down to write, that's when the magic happens.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever remember reading was a Nancy Drew Mystery. I loved those books and found myself easily lost. It was then that my love of reading was fostered.
How do you approach cover design?
I search for pre-made covers. I have found that often pre-mades are more creative than originally done just for you covers. Although, all three of my published books were original covers. My current WIP cover is a pre-made and it fits my book perfectly. It has also provided inspiration.
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