Well, I've always enjoyed reading and writing but I had never thought I could really put my stuff out there. Friends had encouraged me before after reading some of the short fiction stories I had read, but I guess what really made me think I could do it was actually sitting down and reading articles and watching videos from individuals who had successfully published themselves. eBooks definitely opened the world up for indie authors, I think.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by letting me get my book out to places I otherwise wouldn't have been able to get it. After turning my book to free for a promotion I'm currently having my downloads went up by 200 from Smashwords alone. It has really been helpful in getting my name, and my work, out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing. The greatest joy of writing for me is the act in and of itself. I have always been enthralled with reading stories and writing them. I find writing to be very liberating. You do not have to be producing a massive medieval epic like A Game of Thrones to satisfy the creative spark inside of you.
What do your fans mean to you?
Nothing, and everything. Without fans I would not be successful in any sense of the word. I owe whatever success I achieve to whoever out there is a fan of mine. At the same time I would continue writing even if I had no fans.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Part 3 of my Taming Beauty Series as well as The Winter Queen series. Taming Beauty has always been a foray into writing short stories, but The Winter Queen series is probably going to be longer stories with more of a substance -- it is a fantasy setting, of all things.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Stephen King, Anne Rice and George R. R Martin rate pretty high. I was enthralled by Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings at a young age. I inherited my love of Stephen King from my father, and George R.R Martin's Song of Fire and Ice I just find enjoyable. Likewise, I became obsessed with Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles when I was a teenager.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My significant other, who endures my madness.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing Video Games, studying, or watching television and movies. I'm particularly fond of Doctor Who, Documentaries, and the Netflix series Borgia.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Honestly? Amazon, usually.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but it was some time ago and it has been lost to the sands of time. It was a story called Desert Dreams, it was a modern day fiction piece about a middle-eastern arms dealer. I never released it, and I ended up losing the manuscript.
What is your writing process?
I put on good music, sequester myself into my room, and write. I generally do not stop writing until I have finished what I am working on, or until I have reached the goal I have set. For instance, I might wake up one day and say "Ok, I'm going to write x words". When I sit down to write, I do not stop until I hit that goal.
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