With Phoenix, I wanted to explore the healing process. I set out to express my belief that true healing is never achieved alone, and even though we are broken and wounded creatures, our holes and ragged edges can be filled and smoothed by the right person coming into our lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I pulled Phoenix out of my file drawer, I began paying attention to e-book sales and particularly the women who were independent authors. There's something strong and compelling about women taking their stories into their own hands and sending them out into the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I sit at my computer and see the words flow out, making a story that I know will connect with someone out there and bring joy, or happiness or solace to them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Without a doubt, Stephen King is my all-time favorite. Kate Genet, Georgia Beers, Lynn Ames, Paula Offutt, Scott Nicholson, Chuck Wendig, and David Sedaris. I'm always looking for new authors and new experiences, and my reading tastes are eclectic.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes it's as simple as knowing my cat, Holly, is here and needs me. Other days, I have words ready to rush out of me. Most days, it's the alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day-job, and I read. I'm absolutely bereft if I don't have my Kindle at hand, or have my current book on my iPhone.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If I'm not looking for a specific author, I usually search for themes such as apocalypse or coming out (not an intentional pairing, but humorous, if you like that kind of humor,) then read the blurbs. I have been known to buy a book based on bad reviews, and ended up liking it. I've found a couple of good authors that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a first-grade story "How Bear Lost His Tail." In it Bear had a beautiful long, luxurious tail, and Fox was extremely jealous of it. I won't give away the ending; I'm planning a children's book in the future.
What is your writing process?
I'm a pantser through and through. I know of people who swear by outlines, One Note files, diagrams and charts on the walls...I can't do it. Oh, I can manage a few details in One Note. I practically have to, in order to keep things like timelines straight, but otherwise I just sit down and let the words fall as they may.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'Old Black Witch!' It was a wonderful children's story about a little boy and his mom who had bought an old house and opened a bed & breakfast. What they didn't realize was the owner of the house still lived there; up in the attic with the bats was an old black witch, and she wouldn't go. It wasn't the first, but it was the most memorable. I remember thinking that the ending was a very good solution for everyone. And it was just a darned fun story.
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