Ha! That's hilarious. "Desk." Like I own one. My writing space is the small, low-to-the ground IKEA coffee table in our living room, the island in our kitchen or my lap. Ideally, I'd love a solid antique desk with lots of ornate carvings that weighs a ton so that when it gets into my writing room (a girl can dream) it won't be able to be moved without several beefy men. And a bunch of drawers to stash all of my office supplies. I have an obsession with office supplies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northwestern Minnesota, in the small farming community of Thief River Falls. My father farmed until my early teen years, so we lived in the country, which provided me unending opportunities to explore the outside world. I think being so immersed in nature, and the fact that we only had 4 TV channels, really helped me develop my imagination and the ability to build stories from nothing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a mom, chasing my kid, cleaning up his messes, hosing him down, dealing with my 9-5. Pretty normal stuff.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was called Bear Wings and I think my mom still has it in a trunk somewhere. I'm pretty sure that I had probably written other things for school assignments before that, but this is the first thing that I clearly remember sitting down and creating without being told to.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that reads quickly. I have some serious ADD, so if there are a lot of lulls in a story line or too much backstory, I glaze over. I admittedly love most "chick lit," even thought a lot of of it crap. The Harry Potter series is hands down my favorite series of all time. I've read it multiple times and I'll read it all again multiple times, I'm sure. I also worship Stephen King, even though most of his stories scare the daylights out of me. I got hold of a copy of IT when I was like 9 and had night terrors for years because of it.
When did you first start writing?
My first memory of purposely writing something was when my dad built me a desk for my seventh birthday. I remember sitting down and writing a story called Bear Wings because I finally had a place to create (and I finally knew how to string a sentence together without asking my parents how to spell every word). I think my mom still has that story stashed away somewhere. From that point on, I always really enjoyed sitting down and writing stories for our creative writing assignments in grade school and beyond.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had to become an indie writer. I consider myself a writer by genetic makeup. It's just who I am and how I was born. However, I didn't follow the path I should have in college to make writing my profession. I had a professor who soured my opinion of making English my second major, so I moved towards Mass Communications and Film and focused less on writing. The jobs I picked up after college and throughout my professional career didn't have anything to do with writing professionally. Going the indie route was the only way to get myself back into the writing scene and do what I love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just the ability to unhinge myself from everything else in the world and let my imagination run wild. It's also amazing to see the story change or develop differently than how I originally outlined or envisioned. The life of the story is a crazy thing.
What are you working on next?
I have a dozen ideas for stories. It's just finding the time to sit down and get them out of my brain. What I really need to work on is organizing those ideas and making myself accountable for getting them on paper. But hey - when you do this as a hobby and not a profession, it's tough to find time. Great excuse, right?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kid because he demands I do. Also my job because they won't pay me if I don't show up.
What is your writing process?
I make really sloppy outlines for stories and then tuck them away for years. Is that a process?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
To Kill A Mockingbird Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption The entire Harry Potter series.
Yes, that's more than 5. That's how I roll. And I won't explain why I love them. You need to read them and find out for yourself.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King JK Rowling Jennifer Weiner Harper Lee Carrie Fisher
What's the story behind your latest book?
You mean my only book? It's pretty simple. I struggled with breastfeeding and had to strictly pump for my son for over a year. During that year, it was next to impossible to find resources for exclusively pumping mothers. I always had questions but it didn't seem like anyone could ever answer them. I started mentoring a few moms on a social media board and decided to put my first-boob knowledge of the subject out there for others who might be going through the same thing I did.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get one, I'll let you know!
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