Currently I am working on Book 2 in the series The Castle of Change. I plan to have that one out by Jan 2015! I am very excited.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I first began writing poetry around the age of eight. I would sit in class and make it up in my mind only to be caught off guard when the teacher would call on me to answer a question. Ha! It took a while for me to actually sit down and write a story, I mean putting pen to paper. But again in my mind, for most of grade school, I had a long running series about a timid girl who knew she had some extraordinary powers but the rest of the world couldn't see them. She was far too afraid to show her true self, after all that would make her a freak now wouldn't it, so she kept them hidden the only way she knew how. But they wouldn't stay in there for ever... it was as if her powers had a mind of their own! :-) I haven't thought about her story in years! Maybe that will be my next series!!!
What is your writing process?
Honestly, I think my process is all about letting go. I find, for me, if I get too caught up in "a process" then my need to edit or filter the story actually gets in the way of my creativity. Each time before I sit down to write I take a moment and breathe deeply letting go of any stress I may have at the time as well as any preconceived ideas I have rolling around in my mind about the story. Then once I feel relaxed and "in the zone" I begin to write. Some days I love what I write and other days not so much... but for me, it's just about writing and enjoying it. That's not to say that I do not think about the story line or the characters, etc but I do that during the times I am not writing. I guess it's kinda like what my son's hitting coach tells him in baseball. Think about what you are going to do before you get to the plate but once you are there put everything out of your mind and just enjoy hitting!
What do you read for pleasure?
While I am writing I stay away from all types of fiction books. Those do tend to be my favorite but I do not want anything to unconsciously trickle into my own writing, so I stay far away. :-) During my writing I go with self help/ spiritual/ anything that helps me grow as a person.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My I Pad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, I am new to this and still in my first learning curve, but thus far I would have to say social media and putting the URL in my email signature. It's amazing the comments I get from that!
Describe your desk
It's too cluttered with all my kid's papers and doodads to sit and be creative at, so I just put my laptop on my lap and write outside! Haha! Much more peaceful that way and helps me not be distracted. :-) #momslife
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south where we do not hide our crazy relatives... instead we give them a drink and put them on the front porch! Which probably helped with my character development and out of the box story lines. Besides have you ever listened to a southern tell a story, we have more twists and turns then actually points that's for sure!
...Hey, what a minute, come to think about it my mama always used to tell me to "go out on the front porch and play"... do ya'll think she was trying to tell me something? ;-)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the idea of being in control of my own creations! That's not to say that I wouldn't welcome the idea of being represented but I would never wish to lose my creative licence in the process. I think it is time for all the wonderful writers out there to be heard and this is just such a fantastic platform for us! Happy to be part of the indie author family...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Wow, the greatest joy of writing for me... hmmm... The escape! As a fantasy writer I love the opportunity it provides for me to push reality and all of it's rules and limitations aside and just play!
What do your fans mean to you?
Simply put... EVERYTHING! I see it has a great honor that they would chose to let my work become part of their space. It's an amazing feeling and I am so grateful for it! So, what do they mean to me... EVERYTHING!
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