Interview with C.R. Gress

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I used to read and write all of the time when I was younger. As I grew up and ventured out in life, I found that there were lots of times when I was too busy to read or write. Over the last few years, I revisited my love for reading as a way to settle my thoughts. Once I realized that indie authors are breaking into the scene with the abundance of self publishing resources, I sat down and figured out that I could do the same.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is to be able to put so much emotion into my stories that people feel like they are present in the scenes of my books.
What do your fans mean to you?
A few years back I met a security guard at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. He was working a security detail for Kidd Rock on New Years Eve and we spoke about how famous people acted in company of the public. He mentioned that he had idolized an actor whom I will refrain from naming until he had to work with the man. His response was that the actor didn't like being around the fans and was very prudish. The security guard went on to tell me that he no longer idolizes the actor.
As far as I am concerned -- the fans are what make you. Every fan you have is a measure of your worth. If not for your fans you would be just another face in the crowd -- I am not just another face in the crowd and I love my fans.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on a Scarred Novel called Letters to Aiden which is intended to give the readers an in depth view of Jordan's (Heroine in Scarred) journey to her own depths of hell and back.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many I would fill up your day listing them. Some of my top authors are: Jenn Foor, Casey Peeler, Kristen Ashley, Jason Luke, Nicholas Sparks, Anne Rice, Rick Riordan, Michelle Valentine, Kelli Maine, Nicole Edwards, and many many more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work at the beach and also love to read and watch movies. I also enjoy spending as much time as possible with my husband and children since the children are now late teens and early twenties and will soon seem to forget about spending time with their mom.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through Blogs, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon suggestions based on my past purchases.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to design my own covers and I like them to have abstract meanings rather than the same ole', same ole' with half naked people on the cover.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Many -- My laptop, my tablet, and my cell spent equal amount of times in my hands devoted to reading.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central North Carolina in the midst of a very crazy family. Seeing the things I did and knowing the antics of family members has helped me to create characters that jump off the page at you and make you feel like you are right there with the characters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am currently working on is called Letters to Aiden and shows two years of Jordan's (heroine's) life following the death of her high school sweetheart and figuring out how to live her life again.
Published 2014-05-27.
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