Tough question to answer! I have so many. Instead of just giving titles I think I will go by categories instead, especially since I write YA/NA and have some pictures books to revise. Favorite children's book: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume Favorite paranormal book: Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice Favorite romance: Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood Favorite literary book: Dubliners by James Joyce Favorite classic: Persuasion by Jane Austen
What do you read for pleasure?
Since I also read for my book blog, I don't have as much free time to read for me but when I do I like to reach for something depending upon my mood. Could be a book on writing, a romance, something paranormal or fantastical, something sexy, whatever. I'm actually on a short story and novella kick right now since I like to read before going to sleep at night.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle! I have three and upgrade whenever a newer model catches my eye. I also read on my iPhone and I have an iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Since most of my works are in anthologies at this time, I don't have much experience with techniques. What does appeal to me is reaching out to readers through blitzes and blog tours. As a book blogger I have found many new books and meet many authors this way and it's quite effective.
Describe your desk
In my house I am a traveler. I move from one spot to another. My 'official' desk is actually an antique dining room table my friend gave me and I absolutely love. I have some writing books on one side (keep my Emotion Thesaurus close by), lots of pens, regular desk supplies, an extension cord for when I hook up speakers for music, some cute decorations like small plaques and framed sayings, an organizer for files, some books for reading and a small crystal ball for inspiration.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City, a few years on Long Island and the rest in the Bronx. For some years I lived with my family in Riverdale and that area has had a lasting impact on me. The trees, Van Cortlandt Park, the proximity to the Hudson River, the closeness to Manhattan, the mix of apartment buildings and houses, have remained with me. One of my YA novels begins with my main character living in Riverdale so yes, where I grew up does influence my writing.
When did you first start writing?
After I discovered Judy Blume's books in sixth grade, I remember that summer sitting down to write two young adult novels. I still have those books written in my girlish script.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am working on a YA paranormal about a teen girl who spends her summer after graduation trying to mend her broken heart. There are two young men, one her closest friend, the other an otherworldly being, who have other ideas about her heart. I am also preparing for NaNoWriMo with a secret project.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started out with short stories and anthologies while I work on my novels. I haven't given up on trying to publish traditionally. For now, short stories and novellas with small e-publishers is fine. I like the indie community and the various authors and bloggers I've met.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
When I publish my first novel, I will update my answer here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing the stream of characters, dialogue and scenes playing out in my mind onto the printed page. I also am joyous when readers like my stories. Writing is solitary, publishing showcases said writing with the public, so when someone enjoys what I've created, it's a joyous moment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans make writing worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a YA fantasy with cool supernatural creatures.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, James Joyce, Anne Rice and more.
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