I approach cover design in a number of different ways. Sometimes I like to look at other books and see what parts I like and what parts I don't. I then write down the basic elements which I want my cover to have, I also usually pick the color scheme and the what I like to call "must haves". I then organize my notes and pass them along to my talented graphic artist who makes a mock cover and we go back and forth until I am 100% satisfied with it.
What do you read for pleasure?
This might sound like a weird answer but I love reading the internet. I often find myself staying up late and just reading anything and everything I can come across. It's like an information adventure which I never know where I end up. I bounce around from link to link, blog to blog and just soak it all in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice right now is my Iphone 5 and my Imac. I used to have an Ipad 2 but times got tough and I had to get rid of it to pay the bills.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I would have to say that direct marketing has been the most effective for me. With that technique not only am I marketing my books but also I can market other author's work that I find enjoyable.
Describe your desk
Ha ha well my desk used to be an L shaped desk. I found that I had way too many things piling up so I took apart the long part of the L and only kept the small part. My desk is still full of random stuff along with my Imac, HP laptop and idea notebook.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a border city just outside Detroit Michigan in Canada. We are often called Canada's lost city since we are heavily influenced by the United States. I feel this has an influence in my writing because I can relate to two different countries and can bring a different perceptive into things.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2013. I was going threw alot of personal issues and I found that writing was a great stress reliever.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when I see a review pop up from a mother or father and it says that their son or daughter loves my book and that they read it together every night. It is an amazing feeling that something I made is helping families bond together while creating great memories.
What are you working on next?
What I am working on next is another passion of mine, cooking. I want to help out those people who are either scared to cook or just have a hard time in the kitchen. I'm currently working on a number of cooking related books that will transform the average cook into an above average cook.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get out of bed each day is my family and friends. I know they count on me and even tho I would love to stay in bed some days I know that is not an option because I know someone out there needs me.
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