I'm working on a fantasy novel which I believe is going to be my best work yet. I'm putting in a lot of work on this and because it'll be the first in a series of novels; I need it to be perfect - to portray the story as I see it in my head.
Who are your favorite authors?
My most favourite author is Stephen King, and I also read anything by Frank E. Peretti, David Eddings, Terry Pratchett and I do read a little bit of Nora Roberts
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My greatest inspiration beside writing is my family, my children and my husband. They believe in me and I am beginning to believe in myself too
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch horror movies! I spend a lot of time researching about everything and anything, from health to house remodelling - I love research. And I spend time with my family
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It's usually the books with the highest ratings, comments and high in social networks discussions. Sometimes I search for an authors new book if I enjoyed some previous work of theirs
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I don't have a "process" per say, I write when I have the urge and inspiration to write - and especially when my imagination is high. I don't like writing when it starts feeling like a "job" because when I read anything like that I feel robbed as though I've just exposed my mind to mediocrity
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I ever read but I remember the last one that had a huge impact on me - This Present Darkness, by Frank E. Peretti (plus Piercing the Darkness and The Prophet)
How do you approach cover design?
I'm yet to think about that because this will be the first time I'll be having any of my work published
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, The Prophet by Frank E. Peretti - because in these books, especially the first one, my mind was completely blown away. I was overwhelmed and I believed the writer's every word as though his experiences were my own.
The Dark Tower series (all of them) by Stephen King - because I was frustrated, happy, angry, emotional, alive, frightened and excited all through the series. I felt as though I was going through some wild withdrawal symptoms while awaiting for my order of the last book in the series.
What do you read for pleasure?
I always read for pleasure, even when I do any research or just reading - I enjoy reading. If I were to specify an author, again, it would have to be Stephen King
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Amazon Kindle, My Tablet and My PC (only when I'm "working"). I cannot imagine my life without my kindle or my tablet
Describe your desk
A hot (organized) mess, with unfiled pieces of papers, sticky notes and other items
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. I don't believe this had any influence on my writing because I've always "lived in my head" and so the environment couldn't have done much to affect me or the way I view the world
When did you first start writing?
I've written for as long as I can remember - but my most vivid memory is of writing poetry. I was 13 years old
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is inspired by misguided religious beliefs, lack of information and worse - information that is incomplete. It's about ripples of decisions made long ago, that haunt the present generation - I am looking to accentuate generational curses, soul-trading and everything that we don't want to think about
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I suppose the greatest motivation for me was the thought of having my voice (and story) out into the world on my own terms
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading my story as though I've never heard it before; as if it was written by someone else
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't suppose I have fans yet but I've had some followers on a few of my blogs over the years - and that meant a lot. I'm always happy to know that someone out there is reading something that I wrote, it almost feels like I allowed someone else to look in and See Me. Fans mean a lot and so do their thoughts
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still researching about this (as I'm new to this) and have been reading Mark Coker's free books on publishing, marketing and other important parts of publishing
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One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty Four Words: Book 1 is the first of ten books of poems; concentrating on experiences and inspirations from the 90's in the life of a young South African's mind. We experience the world in different ways and we see different shades in all colours; but the colour of murder remains the same - and the shades of death... remain black and ashy.