It's emotional impact has to reflect the book's message.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I remember reading every book or story I could get my hands on because reading has been a passion as long as I can remember. To me, reading is as important as breathing!
What are your favorite books, and why?
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, by Richard Bach. Inspirational and fun because it can be read on several levels. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. Beautiful and inspirational, always speaks to the soul.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything. I do insist on characters I can believe in and care about and a well crafted plot. I especially enjoy reading books written by authors that I know. When I finish a good book it feels wonderful to say "Wow, that was great -- and the author is a friend!"
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love the Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth, Blogging, my website, Facebook, any public opportunities to see and speak to potential readers.
Describe your desk
My office is in my home, so it's small and cluttered, with at least two cats taking up space on shelves or my lap and my Great Dane on her bed in the middle of the room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sacramento, California, but I don't think that made the difference. My mother was constantly reading, and I emulated her. Once I started reading and discovered the amazing worlds in books, I was hooked for life.
When did you first start writing?
My first book was written and published in 2006. It was written for the specific purpose of helping save the lives of orphan kittens, and contained all that I'd learned after raising 511 of them myself. I knew nothing about proper book formatting, but knew my subject well and presented it in an easy to follow way. I rewrote that book in 2013, after learning more about my craft.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, From Hindsight to Insight, "A Traditional to Metaphysical Memoir", was written because I felt compelled to do so. I often include personal stories in talks at events to illustrate certain points, and people seem to love them. I believe strongly that there are no accidents in life, and the stories I've included are based on that premise. They cover a huge range of subjects that readers can relate to. Readers always seem to find several stories that resonate with them, and tell me they feel inspired and better about themselves when they finish.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing has become practically impossible for someone without a huge following. Indie publishing with the help of excellent editing and graphic professionals seemed like the best way for me to go.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love the wide distribution range and the opportunity to be creative and flexible with my marketing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing that my words made a difference in someone's life.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the reason I share and write.
What are you working on next?
My next work will be my first work of fiction. It is very loosely based on my maternal grandmother, who was born in 1903 and died in 1963. I am completely in awe of the incredible things she, and other women of her time, experienced. Writing fiction is a totally different process than what I've done, so is quite a learning process. I'm excited about the story though, and hope to complete the manuscript by the end of 2016.
Who are your favorite authors?
The list is way, way too long to print!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The older I get, the more I realize that every single day above ground is a gift. Life is a supposed to be a joy, and waking up with that attitude starts the day right. Must add though, I hate early mornings and am much happier getting out of bed around 8 AM or so. Late nights are no problem, but I'm seriously allergic to early mornings.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading is the number one answer. I love animals and love spending time with my Great Dane and the cats. Family is precious and I'm lucky enough to have family near by to enjoy. I know my husband would like us to have more time together, even after we've been married for 49 years. When we can spend time, we share romantic dates like shopping trips to Costco or Home Depot, or just going on a drive.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for books written by authors I've already read, by authors I know personally, and by referrals from friends and family. I also check out free books on Smashwords, Bookbub, and Amazon when I run out so I can discover new writers.
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