The greatest joy of writing for me is knowing I've managed to supply someone with something they will hopefully cherish for as long as they remember. I am a sci fi horror gothic style writer mostly, so when someone says my work scared them, but in a fun way, it's a big compliment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are people right now who mostly know me. They are wonderful and without them I wouldn't have the awesome support team that I do right now. My family and friends I hold dear as my fans (and I dislike calling them that but I am trying to humbly answer your question as best I can) (as you call them) because without them I would not have the support as a writer that most do right now. The Fan base and people who become a fan of your work are earned through the public, are people with thoughts and feelings all their own. They are individuals and any writers out there who treats their fans less than nothing are wrong. All fans are important and each one is special and unique in their own way.
What are you working on next?
my second book for Arkana Princess of Darkness. I'm on about four pages already.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K Rowling, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Stephen King, Mary Shelly, and there's probably a few others I can't recall. From my child hood, Dr. Robert Ballard who has written many books on the Titanic, Robert Munch (I apologise if I misspelled his last name) Norman Bridwell (who recently and sadly left us. He was the Clifford the Big Red Dog author.) and Marc Brown, who wrote and still writes, I think, the Arthur books. I might be bias here but there is someone I am going to add to the list, my Mom. She writes many good short fiction stories that are mostly about her Grandpa.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
From a dark author's point of perspective? If I'm not pushing daisies, I'm good. LOL Gotcyha there for a minute!! Aren't I the bad one? Well, there's my family, I have two guinea pigs, two horses, and a strange little dog. I work as a cart pusher as stated in my front page blurb about myself. It's a humble life but I like to think that there is always something good on the horizon and if we don't get out of bed then we are going to miss what ever that may be!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like taking care of my two guinea pigs, riding my horses, keeping fit by working out, cosplaying (for those that don't know what that is, you dress up in costumes from your favourite genre. Perhaps one day someone will cosplay as Arkana Princess of Darkness if she becomes popular) I like watching Dr. Who. Particularly the eleventh series, but I find the series as a whole irresistibly fascinating and well written and of course acted!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just do online research and see what pops up in the search engine from wherever I go. I try to give authors reviews instead. I would like to get an ereader so I could read some books, but until royalties pop up, if that ever happens because it's just luck of the draw, I will always be a writer. Nothing will ever dash my hopes of writing books. Not ever. I would like to be able to purchase ebooks one day. :)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
all the way back from when I was a little kid. We had encountered a very bad storm on the beach and I remember that I vividly wrote about how fast the storm came in. I called it 'The Bad Day at the Beach' and I even drew an over sized wave encasing our car, which of course was a bit of an exaggeration, but when you are eight, waves can seem that way! The teacher really liked it and I recall her saying I was beyond my grade for writing at the time. It was third grade.
What is your writing process?
I don't think it's a process so much as time well spent. I entertain my mind when I am bored by creating fantastic stories and then I am no longer bored. I listen to music as I write which most authors often do. Usually whatever music fits into the scene I'm writing. If I listen to dark music, I am writing dark for example. The title is often the hardest to come up with and that's no easy task. Sometimes I spend days working out a plot for two pages worth of a story. A story that takes longer to write is better than one that comes up fast, but that's not always true.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. It got me interested in the Titanic.
How do you approach cover design?
I use ebook designs that are already made. They have to be within my reach and attractive as well as memorable. Just do a google search for ebook covers and I'm sure there is something out there that meets each person's needs whether their budget is large or small.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Night to Remember, because it got me into the Titanic, Harry Potter, the first book, because the writing is so fantastic, The Berenstein Bears series (from when I was little, I no longer read them but they were great when I was a kid) Anne of Green Gables, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World.
What do you read for pleasure?
cook books and fantasy books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one sadly. I read 'manual books' XD!! I guess we could call them that. You know...the ones where you turn the pages :)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
posting on threads that are on Face book. Word of mouth and knowing people that have kindle or app devices help too.
Describe your desk
Not much of a desk, more like a piece of wood with paper piled on it. I write with my laptop wherever I am in my house.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
in the country. It influenced my writing by my surroundings of not being confined I guess. However that doesn't mean that living in the city can't invoke some very interesting and inspiring stories. Each person is different and everybody is inspired by something unique.
When did you first start writing?
As a little child. I was always writing and scribbling things down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Arkana Princess of Darkness is based on a nightmare actually. It was where I was following all these wonderful and frightening vampires that had all these strange powers and they could time travel too. I wanted to see if I could also out do my last work which was Sonya. A tale of betrayal and murder. I wanted to see if I could write sci fi, vampires, and romance and manage to roll it all into one. I had the title right away, which is unusual. Remembering the dream, that's the hard part.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was unemployed at the time and even though I knew that some authors strike it rich, and others don't, I was seeking a way to keep myself occupied while looking for a job. Publishing books for me is fun and I like to see if others enjoy my work. It is a fun hobby. I read about it and three years ago it was practically everywhere in the media and still is today. Perhaps I might get that lucky break and if not, that's okay too.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has attributed very well. My first time was a little bit of a flop. I did not have a decent book cover and on another site it got ripped to shreds. That's where I learned that the key to building a good audience is to have a good book cover. It's not always true, but it does help. The proof of the words written is what really sets a good tale. I have already had a HUGE skyrocket in down loads and samples. Well, huge to me anyways. I know the shashswords page and staff knows what I have earned, but I am still grateful. Smashswords is a really great and relaxed atmosphere to publish any of your works in. I'd recommend smashswords to anyone who wants to self publish!
Why am I here as a writer?
I am here to establish myself as a writer and create many wonderful and intriguing fantasy works for the public to enjoy. I wish to entertain people. As writers it is our job to do as such. I am having a great time at smashswords and it is just such a fantastic experience to be on a wonderful self publishing site. Thank you Smashswords for the wonderful opportunity.
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