Interview with SQS Publishing

How do you approach cover design?
Finding the right image is the key for me. I am often inspired to write a piece of poetry by an image either viewed or in my mind. The viewed image is easy, while trying to find an image to match the thoughts in my mind can be a bit more of a challenge. The internet makes it much easier, than in the days of flipping through books of pictures or viewing slides for just the right image. Opp's might have given a bit of a hint to my age there.

I think my favorite cover photo is the one that inspired a two novelette series. The Tales of Vanity Bench, the entire story was inspired by the bench in the photo, which I had acquired at an on-line auction. When I went to pick it up a few days later, the original owner of the piece happened to be there, and he conveyed to be the story behind the bench, as he is a professional photographer. I not only used the story he told me to sell the bench for a profit, but it became the inspiration and cover photo for the both the series, and the Collector's Edition.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'd be lying if I didn't say the five books that I wrote that make up The Suzy and Katie Series, but that would be not only self serving, but a bit narrow minded. So let me go back and say: John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", and "Travels with Charlie". Walden Pond, as I have both been there, and love to write in beautiful, quiet and secluded spots, The entire "Twilight Series" as I can relate to what it takes to sitting and writing a series from the heart, and mind as it flows out of you. And finally the Bible, as what is probably the greatest collection of short stories and poetry of all time that has stood the test of time for relevance then and now.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both a Barnes & Nobel Nook Basic, and an Amazon Kindle Fire. I like them both, but I will drop the Prime when the time comes. There are too many commercials that pop-up on my screen for my likes. For Photo e-books, I still like my laptop, with it's larger screen.
Describe your desk
Small, Antique, Portable. Small, because I am a bit of a pack rat, so a larger desk, which I just got ride of just means more places to pile with papers and what not. Antique, because I am an antique dealer, and I like real wood, that I can put my feet on it I want to, or my foot stool next to it when one of my cats wants my lap while I write. Portable, well that is my other desk, which is an antique oak bed tray, that I put over my legs in my recliner or on my chaise on my porch, when I feel like moving out of my office. It can also travel with me, so that I can use it anywhere I go.
When did you first start writing?
I began to write sensual and erotic stories while I was in high school, many years ago, but they never saw the light of day, as I would have punished and totally unaccepted for writing such thoughts at that time, and at that age. It cause me to make a decision at that time, which i regret today. I returned to writing as an adult, when I went back to college with both a family and a job. The creative writing courses I took were some of my favorite courses, while not my major. It did however leave the lasting desire to someday be published, and while I never stopped writing, it was not until I retired that I seriously tried to get published. I learned a hard lesson, as my first submission to a Antique Collectors magazine, and accepted and published on my first attempt, The next item I had published, I paid to have published as an e-book, and while learning from that I have continued to publish e-books but I no longer pay, and do it completely my self. The best part is that by using a pen name, I can now write and publish what naturally flows out of me, and not specifically what someone says I should write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The simple answer is: It has allowed me to realize a life long dream of being a published author. There are many other reasons, all of which weigh into what motivated me: My stories are not the type sought out by mainstream publishers, Being and indie author allows me to have control over what I write and what I publish, It allows me to handle my own marketing, which may not be the best at times, If I want to write something and give it away, I can, and have. It allows me to be me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That is a question that has yet to be answered. It has thought me to be more aware of formatting for sure. I am looking forward to when I can put the 5 novel series on Smashwords. They have done better than I expected using just Kindle, with worldwide acceptance, and I am looking forward to them being available in all formats through Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting a story that comes from my heart out there for someone else to read, and to actually have them pay to do so. It is also is one of the best stress relievers that I have found. I received what for me was the greatest compliment a few weeks ago. I had a reader respond to a poem I had posted on my blog, "That she could visualize as well and physically feel what I had written." My feet never touched the ground that day.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I also spend a lot of time one Google +, where i post often, and where my blog is located. I have been wonderfully accepted into any community I have joined, and have made some wonderful friends, as well as fans from all over the world. I have written pieces of poetry specifically for them, which I have also included in my poetry books, and have acknowledged them at the end of my newest book on Smashwords "A book of Sensual and Erotic Poetry"

Our fans are our customers, as well as our friends, I listen to mine, and take their suggestions to heart. They may not be paid critics, but they know what they like, and if they like your work nothing could be better for me.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects underway at present. The first is a new romance novel, which is in the early stages and untitled at this time. The second is volume II of "A Book of Sensual & Erotic Poetry" at present it has fifteen works included in it. As an added attraction this time I will be including some of the photographs that inspired these poems. I may even include some poems written at a much earlier time in my life. I don't have a date that I want to have out by, as the poetry is still flowing at this time.

There is one other project, which will be a major project to undertake, and that is the conversion of the five novels of The Suzy & Katie Series over to the proper formatting for publishing by Smashwords. Plus I want to release them in their proper order.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That is the easiest question off all. I have five cats that decided when it is time for me to get up. Basically, the earlier it gets light outside in the morning, the earlier they get me up for breakfast. Plus after I feed them, I have a small feral community that I meet and feed every morning on my back porch. I guess i am blessed, because i am a morning person, and i am normally at my keyboard as soon as the cats are fed, and a cup of coffee is in my hand.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am also an antique dealer, so i am either searching for items on line, traveling to shows, or auction, refinishing furniture, or at the co-op i deal out of. This is one of a number of reasons why I have chosen to write under a pen name
Published 2014-06-21.
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