Always encouraged by friends and family to become a writer, I finally went for it. I finished a Nanowrimo novel in November of 2013 and immediately set about getting it published. I decided to go through a publisher that I would pay, (AKA-Vanity publishing) so that I could get the professional editing, marketing, cover design and etc.. that I would need. After my book release in March of 2015 and finding out that their editing was grade school at best, I pulled my book and decided to publish for myself. I now have an incredible editor and cover designer, and I LOVE self-publishing! It is sooooo fun!!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating worlds that I know I will enjoy. They say that before you write for anyone else, you need to write for yourself. So that is what I am trying to do, and if other people enjoy my writing too, then i am very, very lucky indeed!! :)
What do your fans mean to you?
This is easy!! My fans mean everything!!! There are days when being a writer doesn't feel worth it... it is literally hours, and hours, and hours of work with no pay. The only time there is monetary feedback is when you finally get a book published. Occasionally I get a message on Fb or any of my other sites from people who said that they enjoyed my book, and it lights up my world. Without people backing me as an author, I wouldn't do what I do. So I sincerely appreciate them!!
What are you working on next?
I just finished the second book in my fiction short story series, Little Lost Girl. It should go live on Amazon soon. The first one is doing well and I am excited about the feedback I am getting. I plan on doing a Little Lost Girl 3, but I am taking a break from the series for a minute to work on my sci-fi novel, Eden's Serum. It's about nano technology and immortality... it's really fun. After that I am doing NANOWRIMO, and for nanowrimo I am working on a murder mystery. I also have the Redemption Series which is a series of three YA-fantasy fiction novels. the first two are done and just need editing, the third is halfway through. So, trying to keep myself as busy as possible!! :D
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My incredible family. The Little Lost Girl series is a fictionalized telling of my life and it is pretty raw and rough. I had a lot happen to me when I was younger, but my beautiful husband and incredible children motivate me to keep moving, even on days when it is really, really tough.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my family, not just saying that. They are incredible!! We have two crazy dogs and our favorite thing is going to the park , visiting museums, six flags, playing board games and generally just spending time together. I adore my family!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had a varied background, I lived in multiple places with multiple people. Among those being Montana, Nevada, California, Arizona, Washington and etc.....
The places I lived doesn't affect my writing as much as what I went through and the turbulence of moving all the time. My Little Lost Girl series is the product of all that. I think it is very emotional and raw.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since i was old enough to do so. It was how i dealt with the issues in my life. A lot of what I used to write when i was younger was dark poetry, scary stories... etc.... Now that I am older, I like to write whatever! I have a scifi, a murder mystery, a YA novel, and a few childrens books I am working on. So I truly love the very concept of writing. When and where I can, about whatever I can.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story, Eden's Serum, is a sci-fi novel that my hubby had a vague idea for. It is totally out of my genre (not that I have one! LOL) So I decided to think about it and see if I could come up with something. I did, and it was something i was so excited to read that I decided to write it as quickly as possible.
What is your writing process?
Ha ha ha ha. My writing process is usually to come up with a story idea I like, think about it and decide if it is something I want to read and then if i decide I want to read it. I write it! :) Then I am just a pantser. Never one for outlining unless I feel like I absolutely have to, I write by the seat of my pants. :)
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