Either my fiance, or the cat that adopted us. Whoever gets hungry first.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I veg out on the computer a lot. I like text-based PBBG's (Persistent Browser-Based Games), and I participate in a couple of survey/activity sites.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes, I'm looking for a specific genre, but others...I just flip through stuff aimlessly. Some of the best "finds" are the ones you're really not looking for.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, but I can't publish it. Unfortunately for me, I used a lot of song lyrics that are an integral part of the overall story, and I can't afford the rights to use them, so it will remain unpublished. However, as it was an anthology, I could publish the shorts that don't have lyrics, but the overall story would be lost.
What is your writing process?
Wait...there's supposed to be a process?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Honestly, I have more than five. I even have more than five favorite authors, but George R.R. Martin and the late Robert Jordan are on that list.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci-fi and Fantasy mainly, but I can read pretty much anything. Except romances.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I hate to admit it, but I don't actually own an e-reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, I'm just keeping it low-key, and getting the word out on Zurker and Facebook.
Describe your desk
I use a coffee table, and sit on a pillow on the floor. As for the condition of said coffee table...cluttered. I once had a teacher who had a poster hanging in her classroom that read, "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind". I have to agree.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in San Jose, California. I wouldn't say the location influenced me, but rather my dad and an uncle influenced my love of reading, especially the sci-fi genre.
When did you first start writing?
I've been jotting down story intro's and ideas for as long as I can remember, and been writing poetry since Jr. High, but I've only sat down and gotten serious as a writer in the last few years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well....my latest book is really just a short story, and I honestly can't say what inspired it. I was going to title it "A Rose for Prometheus", but I felt that the title was too long, and it would give away too much of the ending.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing venues are hard to break into, and my inner writer refused to wait that long.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I can't call myself a 'success' as of this answer, but I do feel empowered by being able to get my work out there so quickly.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything. I mean, I'd still write without them...it's too much a part of me...but without others to enjoy what I write, I don't think it would be the same.
What are you working on next?
I have a role-play character I've been using online since 2005, and I've been plinking around with writing her back-story for awhile now. I doubt I'll see a finished work this year, but I will probably release more short stories.
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