I have a diverse interest in reading but my primary interest is in mystery, historical, and supernatural. I browse on Smashwords and Amazon. I have many favorites and many indies are among them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the title but I know it was in elementary school and the teacher ridiculed me for it. I had included every mundane detail. I was humiliated in front of the class but it was a great learning experience on what not to do.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I should have a schedule but I honestly don't right now. I am always thinking about the book and I am constantly researching and writing notes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
This is a great question but I don't remember because I don't remember learning to read. My earliest memory is me at 4 years old and I was reading fluently and avidly. I even read my older brother's textbooks.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read whatever sounds good from the blurbs and description. I don't necessarily rely on the covers, I am more interested in the story behind it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle with nearly 1300 books downloaded on it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural town in Nevada. It is the setting for my work in progress. It has a very interesting history.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing very early, in elementary school, but it was very sporadic throughout school until college. In college I started to get serious and then I lost funding and couldn't finish my degree. I went to work and didn't write for many years. Then I had to take an early retirement. Now I am living my lifelong dream of writing a novel.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has published my first short story in an anthology!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a story from my imagination and bringing the characters to life. The greatest joy will be when I have readers who enjoy my stories.
What are you working on next?
I am planning a series of books set in my hometown that focus on the characters that may have lived there in the Old West. It is a historical mystery and has supernatural themes. I do plan to self-publish. I am thinking of writing a short story or two as well. Keep checking my social media and website for more information on that.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Agatha Christie and she inspired me to try my hand at mystery writing. I have many authors, too many to list, but I will tell a few. I like James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Mary Higgins Clark, Heather Graham, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz. These are a few of the A List authors that are recognized but I like many indie authors as well.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a very avid reader. I read for pleasure but I also read up on the writing craft. I want to constantly be improving myself and my writing. I'm sure I spend too much time on social media and online games as well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My main character, Rusty is a madam in the Old West. She was trained by a Pinkerton agent, who is her love interest. One of her girls was murdered followed by more murders. She is determined to find who is out to get her girls and clientele. She is mystical and taps into her knowledge to find the one responsible.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any yet, but they mean everything to me. They are the reason to do what I do. I want to create stories that interest and entertain others and I can't wait to interact with readers.
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