I'll read just about anything but I prefer fiction with a happy ending.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far word-of-mouth has been my most effective marketing technique. I have some great fans who enjoy the combined aspects of my books (from Sci-Fy/Fantasy to current events and natural health) and tell others about them.
Describe your desk
I don't like being confined to the office when I write so usually my 'desk' is the coffee table in the living room. I'm so thankful to have a laptop computer!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My youngest years were in a small town in Nebraska and I gave Billy and Sarah, the main characters in The Scinegue (sin a gue) Series, a home right in the middle of a very small town. They're in walking distance from a park and a small grocery store—just as I was growing up.
When did you first start writing?
I think I really started to enjoy writing in high school. Well, I enjoyed writing the things I wanted to write!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book hinges on eugenics plans that take place around the world today. All of my writing is fictitious but hopefully eye-opening to the fact that things like that really can, and do, happen.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Thankfully I was able to do a lot of research into publishing online. I discovered that many, many authors are very happy being indie authors. Even some who've been traditionally published before. Being an indie author helps the author maintain control of their creations and I really like that.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new to Smashwords so can't answer that yet but I'm hopeful that Smashwords will make my books available to a wide audience allowing people with interest in my books to find them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's really fun when the story just flows and I'm able to get thousands of words down without much effort. I also love being able to share the final product with my readers and hear their opinions about what I've written. It's always fun to have someone say, "**** was the bad person?!? I never would have guessed!"
What are you working on next?
I'm a little more than half-way through with The Forest, the third book in The Scinegue Series.
What is your writing process?
My writing process varies. Usually I just sit down and start writing and let the story work itself out. Sometimes I get some great ideas for later in the story and then I start making rough outlines from where I am and what needs to happen to get to what I've envisioned. Like for The Forest, I could see the end early on in the story and instead of just writing, I'm working towards having what I'm writing now meet up with the ending I've already laid out.
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