Interview with The Storybook Lady

What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly, romance ....... but I love fantasy as well. ...
Describe your desk
Usually, somekind of managagble mess~ lol ~ but I could never be the other way, I could never be "everything in it's place" kind of person, that would drive me nuts! I need freedom! My childrens stories usually center around freedom of some sort ..... to be able to "fly", to "soar" into their lives, and become whatever it is they wanted to be! :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
New York City ~ it's a place of constant movement, fantasy, culture, and energy ~ a place of museums, to dream about the past, and other times, other "worlds" .
When did you first start writing?
I never really "wrote" things down, they were in my head, they came from my heart, because I told these stories to my kids when they were little. It's my imagination, gone wild! LOL! But, they are good stories, stories from the heart .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never really thought I'd do this my kids were little, I told them many stories,..some I read to them, and many I made up. I loved telling them stories, I could see in their faces, in their eyes, that they were imagining what I was saying, and that encouraged their OWN imaginations as well! We would lay in bed at night, and tell stories, which is exactly the way I grew up myself, with my mother laying in bed with me, telling stories. It's a wonderful thing, an imagination, and kids need to start imagining very young, before the harshness of the real world sets in! So, I decided to go ahead and do this, to make all the stories I had made up, which are still in my head and heart, into E-books here at Smashwords. There are stories of princesses, princes, dragons, good vs. evil, growing up, thoughts about fear and not to be afraid, all sorts of themes that young children deal with, and need to know how to handle these feelings, that's so important for the rest of their lives. So, here I am, ready to write my heart out!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a wonderful place! I've looked into many other e-book online publishers, and found that Smashwords is a much more user friendly publisher, I especially like their videos on You Tube!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To see the looks on the kids faces! I love it!
What do your fans mean to you?
I haven't any "fans" yet, I'm totally new here. My fans so far, are my own kids ~ lol~ but that's great! I hope that children as well as adults will like my work, and I certainly hope it helps kids, that's my main goal.
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I'm woring on sort of an UGLY DUCKLING type of story, I see so many kids being made to feel left out, and that hurts, I know that happened to my own son as a child, and it leaves scars, so I am working on that right now, and hope that will help any other children and their parents as well, to know they're not alone!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids, grandkids, and the beauty of life, because there is so much beauty out there, if only people would just really "see" it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time with my kids and grandkids, they are so precious to me. I like to walk, and read a lot/
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly by accident I'd say. Othertimes, a friend will recommend one, or I'll just travel around the internet looking for childrens books, or fantasy books that sort of "fit the bill" of what I like ~ I am also an avid romance reader! LOL
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My goodness, that's a toughie! I remember writing a "book" when I was about 10 or maybe 11, it was really a fairytale story mostly., where the prince saves the princess! You know to this day, those are still my favorite!
What is your writing process?
Writing process? There really is none, I just write from the heart, and from memory. I also make up stories as I go! That way, it's not stale and old, it's new and fresh, for the kids of today.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Cinderella! That made an impact! From then on, it was princes and princesses for me! lol
How do you approach cover design?
So far, not to sure. I will however, have it professionally done.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My tablet, I'd have to say, but my phone is also teriffic. I have an old desktop which I truly love, so many times I sit and read on that as well.
Published 2015-07-04.
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