I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. I have been "a writer" since about 1986, starting with angsty poetry. I have been a fiction writer since 2009.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Royal Regard began as a experiment, just to see whether I could write historical romance without embarrassing myself. (As it turns out, I can.) Once I met the villain, though, I was completely hooked, not just on the book, but also on the Regency romance genre. More coming soon.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As soon as e-readers became available, it was clear to me that the Kindle was going to upset every apple cart. Given my background in small pubs, marketing, and as a graphic design, it seemed a better option, since DIY has considerably more appeal than giving over control of my product to a larger publisher.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The most exciting moment--the one that makes my heart soar every single time--is when I first hear the niggling of an idea. It might be a character or a plot or a setting, but always a buzzing in my (proverbial) ear: soon there will be a book starting.
What are you working on next?
I have a number of projects in the works. Blind Tribute, a mainstream historical set during the Civil War, is out at the proofreader; La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, a Regency romance, is in the beta reading stage; and I am starting work on a new Regency series, the Follescrofts of Terespere Park.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There is time in the day for other things? Who knew?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately, I have been reading a lot of authors I know through social media and trade groups, as well as reference material for upcoming books, but otherwise, I do searches on Smashwords or Amazon in whatever genre interests me at the moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story about Henrietta the cat when I was 5 or so. To be clear, I'd never met or had a cat named Henrietta, and I can't remember the least bit about what she did in the story, but it is the first memory I have of writing fiction. While I became a professional non-fiction writer in my early 20s, it was 30+ years after Henrietta that I wrote fiction again.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers and try to make sure they say something about the book. All the prettiness in the world means nothing if a reader thinks he or she will be getting something else entirely. That said, I do have a general "feel" I go for with romance novels, which you will see for the first time with Royal Regard.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle Fire, which I like (other than the inability to create shelves for sorting... ARRRRGGHHHH!!!!), but I have been looking at the Nook recently. I may switch next time I am in the market.
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