Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I do. It was "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. I was enchanted by the ryhming of course but loved the illustrations just as much. I think it got me thinking about ryhming words and playing with words and language at a young age.
How do you approach cover design?
With much trepidation. I dabble in art, mostly painting and some drawing but never on the computer. I know programs exist that allow you to combine technology and art it is just not anything I've been introduced to. So I came up with a clean simple image in my head of how I wanted the cover to look, bold and impactful and got as close to it on my own as I could using an image of a butterfly I had taken while out and about.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
T.C. Southwell's "Demon Lord" and pretty much anything she writes, she is brilliant! I loved how the story showed the triumph of compassion over hate in her first book. Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonsong" and her entire series on Pern and the Dragon Riders. It was just fantastical but relateable adventure and at that time in my life (high school) I was very into dragons. That's not exactly five books but since these two writers have series I have read I think it kind of covers it.
What do you read for pleasure?
These days I read books on Buddhism. I'm extremely interested in Buddhism as a philosophy and as a way of life but I haven't decided to dedicate myself to it yet, I'm still in the reading and studying about it phase.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Galaxy tablet. My sweet husband got it for me as a gift when I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Let people in your life know that you are a writer, which I was hesitant to do at first, and they will usually support you.
When did you first start writing?
As a child. Reading became a way of escape from unhappy circumstances and writing naturally followed as I began to imagine characters and play out their stories mentally. Eventually I had to write these stories down so I wouldn't forget them when i moved on to the next character.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been trying to finish part one of this two part book for years. The idea lingered in my mind and as time allowed between work and college courses I would write, typically on a day off. It was the editing process that really took me the longest because I am very critical of myself and my work. This character, Cari Collins, has been almost a child of mine, a child of my imagination. I almost felt like it was my responsibility to bring her into this world by finally publishing and telling her story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My father. He is self-published and has encouraged me to write throughout the years. I know that getting a book published through conventional means can be difficult and less than rewarding and sometimes you can find great success and become wildly famous. It's like rolling the dice, you're never quite sure what you will get and there are no guarantees. I do still intend to pursue a paper copy publishing of my book, once part two is written, but for now I am happy to have an eBook.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me to easily publish my work and for that I am very grateful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Truly the greatest joy of writing is the experience of creation. For a brief moment you have created a world entirely your own and characters and stories are born of it and once they are committed to paper this world lives on eternally.
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