Right now, I'm taking a hiatus on writing. I still love to write. However, one of the reasons I am not writing right now is that I am also a pianist, and have neglected my music far, far too long. Now, I am concentrating on trying to get back the abilities I once had as a pianist.
What do your fans mean to you?
Main thing I want is for my readers to enjoy the books I write. If they enjoy them half as much as I do writing them, then I have accomplished that mission. In other words, my fans are very important to me. I want them happy with the adventures they find in my stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say that Ray Bradbury is my favorite author of all time. He had such a unique way of describing his characters, scenes, and the dilemmas they would find themselves in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Family, responsibilities, taking care of each task at hand. Enjoying nature when I have a moment. I love animals, birds, trees, all of it. Also, I have a hobby of taking photos of what I consider unique and beautiful cloud formations, especially in the summer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I kind of answered that above. I take care of my responsibilities. I get breakfast for my grandson and take him to school when his dad or mom can't, because they're at work. I practice my music, take walks when the weather is nice, and watch Netflix, mostly, or DVDs. I love the show Lucifer on Fox. But my favorites on Netflix are Voyager. Merlin, Lost, Strange Things, and documentaries. I used to watch Fringe, but it is no longer on Netflix. So hope to get the DVDs. Hopefully, at least the last season for Christmas. I saw all of it but last three episodes on Netflix before they took it off. I wasn't really happy about that. I also like Dollhouse. My favorite DVD's of tv shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Voyager.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Might just happen to see one that catches my eye. However, I mostly read fact books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was my attempt at a novel by the title of "Witch-grass". However my first novelette was "The Man on the Beach."
What is your writing process?
I generally have an idea about what I would like to write, and I just sit down and as Stephen King has said, just fall through the hole in the paper. Not that my writing is as accomplished as his, but I'd like to think it could be.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are two of my first novels to read. I also loved "Rudi Matt and the Mountain". I read it when I was around ten or so. Not sure I spelled the name correctly.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually do the artwork myself, as I am also an artist. I forgot to mention that earlier. But like writing, I've kind of set it aside for now, except when doing a cover for a book, etc.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Something Wicked This Way Comes, To Hell and Back (autobiography of Audie Murphy the war hero and movie star), When Worlds Collide, After Worlds Collide, and Rudi Matt and the Mountains.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read and study ancient history, and mythologies.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a fairly nice website: LovingVamps publications, besides mentioning my books on Facebook, etc.
Describe your desk
My TV is also my monitor. It is on the wall just above my desk. A photo of my mother, who passed away when I was five, sits to the left of the monitor. On the wall to my left is a picture of my childhood best friend, Judy Ann Martin. That was many years ago back in Hillsboro, Texas. I have a couple of pads for jotting things down, along with a bunch of pens sitting on my desk, as well. TV and cable remotes also sit on my desk, along with mouse and pad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My younger years were in Hillsboro, Texas. Then we moved away after my grandfather passed away. I was ten at the time. We moved to Texas City, Texas. I spent a lot of good times with cousins there. But I didn't want to leave Hillsboro, especially Judy. I hate it that we lost touch. I think of her often. My son and grandson took me back to Hillsboro three years ago. Mine and Judy's houses were still there, along with the grand old courthouse. Which is actually a replica of the original that burned down a few years ago. Willie Nelson was greatly responsible for the restoration of the beautiful courthouse, that is identical, except for the bell in the tower. He was from Hill County himself. And everyone loves that courthouse. I know that when I went back, I gushed tears when we pulled up to the courthouse. My son told my grandson that they took grandma two thousand miles home so she could cry. But the new courthouse is identical, in same spot exactly, as old one. I will be eternally grateful to Willie Nelson for getting everyone together and putting on a who to raise money to rebuild it. I am so thankful for that.
When did you first start writing?
I used to lie in bed at night and make up stories to entertain myself. Then one day I decided that maybe I should try writing my own stories, as well as entertaining myself. And I think either one of my cousins or friends suggested that I do so. That I am not absolutely sure about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always been fascinated by dwarfs and fairies. So, I decided I wanted to honor them by writing a story about them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did have a couple of books accepted by a publisher that I wasn't knowledgeable about. They turned out to not be so good. However, what really took the cake, was I had sent my second book into Omni, but I had not heard from them in two years. I even had written an inquiry, but received no response. Then, shortly after, I received a letter from Omni telling me they wanted to publish it! I was so upset. That could have been my real chance. I had to tell them I had already signed a contract with another publisher. Haven't had another opportunity like that since. So, I saw people were self-publishing and decided to give it a try.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Right now, my sales are better through Smashwords than anywhere else. I say that's something.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing good reviews from people who love my books, and reading the books myself, once they are in print.
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