I approach cover design as an opportunity to express myself through pictures. Do research and find my inner imaginings of what the cover should be illustrated as. It gives me a chance to have fun figuring out what the picture of the story really should appear as.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite five books are Hunger Games and Catching Fire of the Hunger Games trilogy, Vampire Kisses: The Beginning, Eclipse of the Twilight saga, and Breaking Dawn of the Twilight Saga. These books capture me because they have a powerful major character, suspense, well-developed characters, a well-written plot, and are written by my favorite authors, Suzanne Collins, Ellen Schreiber, and Stephanie Meyer.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually I typically read magazine articles online, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Twilight saga novels, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn over again. These books are typically the ones that I typically check out over and over again. If I'm not reading Twilight or Star Wars, I'll check out my elementary school favorites such as Red Cap and Mr. Lincoln's Drummer by G. Clifton Wisler. If I'm really in the mood, I'll read historical fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
If I have an e-reading device of choice it's has to be my Ipod Touch because I can download books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As of now, my book marketing techniques would be Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Myspace, having an author website, and showcasing the books at the library as being effective.
Describe your desk
My desk is typically my bed. I sit on my bed watching TV and hanging on my laptop. I do research and type. If I'm not sitting in my bed typing, I'll hang out on a high table with my laptop, my movie script novel, a notepad, pencil and pen, notebook, personal binder, and index cards. My desk has always been organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia in military housing at first then moved into the suburbs near a naval station. When I was nine years old, I started writing. My friend, Hali, who was from a military household in fourth grade influenced me to start writing. Long before that in third grade, I wrote a speech on being President and that moved me. Ever since third or fourth grade, I have loved writing and expressing myself but then again, writing has always been my most effective way of communicating my opinions and views. It has occurred to me writing is my passion and I'm not outgoing. Speaking is more of second principle to me because of my writing abilities. I grew up shy and speaking takes time for me.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was nine years old and my writing passion took hold at that age. I have never stopped since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is about a teen girl by the name of Christen Mason who lives in Casper Lake, Washington. She is an outsider, a goth girl who has only one best friend, Britney Valir. On her eighteenth birthday, she goes to school and hears gossip about a black cloaked stranger whom she is so attracted to. Then she finds out the stranger ends up being a guy she knows. Christen falls in love with the guy and becomes suspicious. He leaves her, then hooks up with a guy from another school who ends up having a major secret. A vampypre prince ends up falling for her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The verbal miscommunication of being timid and not outgoing, my friends from elementary school, Hollywood, reading a lot of books, and my English teachers motivated me to get into writing. Because of English in school, it got me enjoying writing even more. Doing research, poetry, reading classic novels, and writing papers energized my creative inhibitions in writing.
What are you working on next?
Currently in the pre-writing process of a fan fiction novel about One Direction.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually listen to music, sing, read books, clean doctor offices for my family, look for jobs, or watch TV. I might type alot on the computer too as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being capable of stepping into different roles as a character, creating new worlds and new situations, doing research and reading a lot of books. It makes the joy of writing so much more fun.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that it is a new day and there are new experiences awaiting me gets me out of bed..Then again I love writing, love listening to music, music is my life, and love getting out of the house.
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