As far back as I can remember, I've loved to write stories. Starting out with poetry, I quickly transitioned into short stories. When I started college, my creativity went wild!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have many factors that go into writing a story. Most of the time, something in my own life spurs the premise but sometimes simply watching a new TV show may spawn an idea. The story I'm currently working on came to me while watching a reality show about Alaskan pilots.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been watching the rising numbers of people turning away from traditional publishing. Since I'd focused on academic coursework while keeping a finger on the pulse of publishing, I submitted a chapter of a full-length novel (which I'm still editing) for my capstone. The professor's encouragement and my high grade (99 because she 'never gives a hundred percent on capstones') boosted my confidence enough to seek out freelancing as a ghostwriter.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yes. Although I don't have many shorts under BS Dolphin, my works are also published under Langley's Lovelies (B.S. Dolphin). My success lies within learning as I get my works out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing with the knowledge that I have lead the reader on a memorable journey.
What do your fans mean to you?
Feedback from my fans allow me to learn about weak areas and strengthen them. Without this marriage of sorts, my writing would grow stagnant.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a full-length novel broken into four parts for a client. In addition, I continually construct shorts to publish under my own name and edit previous works which I intend to publish under BS Dolphin.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have to name Brian Lumley as my all-time favorite. At one time (before the market became drenched with vampires), I was devouring vampire novels. Lumley stepped outside the norm, taking his vampires on a cosmic and rather nasty treatment. If I'm going to read a vampire novel for the sake of horror, I want those creatures rolling in wickedness and nasty.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Family and writing. Many times, I wake up with dialogue between characters streaming through my mind. I hit the ground running on those days.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching favored shows with family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most often, a fellow author will point me to their book. Many times, I have simply searched a genre. Quality writing is important to me as well as plot and character development. I usually gauge strength and quality within the first few pages (regardless of hooks).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's a trilogy that still resides on my hard drive, waiting for me to tear it apart and edit.
What is your writing process?
I flesh out my idea with freewriting. Whatever comes to mind, I write it down. Then, I begin developing the characters and expand whatever plot I have down. By the time I'm finished with the second brainstorm, I read through and alter or add whatever is written to strengthen. I will end normally end the book at this time. Next, the editing process begins.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn't the first story I read, but Steven King's 'Gerald's Game' (if memory serves me correctly), painted a picture that I will never forget.
How do you approach cover design?
After writing the book and carefully choosing a title, I note elements within the story that would accurately portray the work. Once those elements are gathered, I start searching for just the right image. Sometimes, I have to blend them and tweak the cover. All the same, I enjoy the process because I always learn something new.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction: Horror, romance, and sci-fi. Non-fiction: Biographies
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