When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Truthfully? Researching answers to everything. The only person I know who asks "why" more than I do is my mom. I made her life when I showed her how to search the internet! Now we sit and watch TV or movies and I have to have my laptop or phone handy. "How old is that actor?", "when did this movie come out?", "where was this filmed?", "what kind of dog is that" and of course ... "why?". "Why" everything and anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I honestly prefer physical books to e-readers, but I do have a few of them on my tablet. I've just never used them yet.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I owe, I owe, it's off to work we go! Well, that and I get to spend my day writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Maybe not the first but one from when I was about 12 years old. It was about a mother marveling at her toddler discovering grass and butterflies on a sunny day. I believe I was watching my two year old sister at the time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had been exploring a few allergic reactions that didn't seem to fit in with the "normal" and I was lucky enough to have a couple of doctors that supported me. So when a family member started having extreme mental and emotional issues out of the blue, I was able to see some parallels in our reactions and was able to help her discover that what she had been told all her life had been mental illness, was actually allergic reactions.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When what I write actually helps others. And when this book helps others, it also helps "Julie", who became very sad (but not depressed or suicidal) after she realized that over 50 years of her life had been wasted with a wrong diagnosis. Now I get to share stories with her of how her difficulties have helped others find relief and control in their lives. This always makes her feel good, and in turn makes me so happy I was able to write and share her story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical (fiction or non-fiction), self-help, comparative religion, archaeology, anthropology, with a smattering of fantasy, sci-fi and travel.
How do you approach cover design?
Again, my life would not be complete without the internet. I browse pictures by entering key words and seeing what comes up. With my last book, I was lucky to be able to go to the site that was selling it and buy the rights without a lot of searching around.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm just getting started on the marketing, but I think at this point perseverance has been the most effective, perseverance in whatever technique I'm trying out. Giveaways have definitely increased the awareness of my book, if not the actual sales.
Describe your desk
Desk? Ummm, well, my writing area is a big, comfy chair with ottoman in front of the fireplace and a wooden tv tray to hold my laptop.
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