Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a largish Midwestern town known for its conservatism. As a girl, I was different and channeled that difference into a little bit of everything--jock, artist, bookworm, teacher's pet. I've been a story-teller my whole life, but when I was a child, I told stories in drawings--charcoal, pen & ink, pencils, acrylics. The stories I loved I found in the pages of Conan and Tarzan comic books--heroes, villains, victims all larger than life facing the world with nothing but their brains and muscles. And they were all men. Women were the wenches and damsels. Even Red Sonja had big boobs and skinny arms. It made me angry. I wanted to read about WOMEN who were EPIC. I was an adult when I started writing stories and combining them with my illustration. Now I create epic stories about women who are larger-than-life heroes, villains, and victims!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've published with traditional print presses, professional digital publishers, and Amazon KDP. I have to say, I love Smashwords system. They provided complete information and gave me complete control. I created the story, cover, format, and marketing I wanted.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to wallow in my prose. I live in the moments of writing. the finished product is never as intense as the writing itself was. That's why as soon as I'm done with one story,
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm always surprised to discover I have fans. I'm small potatoes in the big world of ebooks, erotica, and lesbian fiction, so being noticed at all is startling. The readers who like my writing and share their interest remind me I'm not crazy--and not alone--in my passion. I think that's why anybody writes.
What are you working on next?
I have so many irons in the fire! I'm working on publishing the stories of my Darklaw saga (it's all written & edited), publishing an historical fiction work (Stilicho's Son), and establishing my own digital press focusing on lesbian erotica.
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